Swiss government passes new law to protect forests

Switzerland will spend US$10.3 million more annually to protect its forests, with new policies coming into effect as early as next year.

Other measures include fighting non-native pests such as the Asian longhorn beetle, whose numbers have recently increased. The new law also allows for taking measures to combat such invasive species outside of designated protected areas.

Beginning next year, the federal government will be required to use wood products from sustainable sources in its own building projects. By 2018, forestry workers will also be required to be certified in safety courses.