Mechanisms of Vertical Integration
National — sub-national linkages
In Switzerland, vertical integration mechanisms are relatively strong. Linkages
between the federal, regional (cantons) and local levels of governance are
managed within the framework of the ‘Sustainable Development Forum’.
The Forum was set up in 2001 as an initiative of the Federal Office for Spatial
Development. Forum events involve representatives from cantons and cities
and take place once a year. The Forum is dedicated to exchanging information
on current SD projects and plans, starting up new SD projects, monitoring,
and on promoting participation possibilities.
Further information on mechanisms of vertical integration can be obtained
from the following websites:
of vertical cooperation among the various participants has increased on various
issues (i.e. sustainable tourism), but also on methodical approaches (i.e.
development of new indicators) resulting in the introduction of new instruments
in cantons and cities (i.e. Sustainability Assessment).
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