Original language

French

Country
Switzerland
Date of text
Status
Unknown
Type of court
National - higher court
Sources
Court name
First Administrative Court of the Federal Tribunal
Seat of court
Lausanne
Reference number
1C_544/2012
Tagging
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Legal questions
Wild species & ecosystems
Forestry
Justice(s)
NA
Abstract

The First Administrative Court was required by the Swiss League for the Protection of Nature to cancel a nature and landscape protection law adopted by the Parliament of the Canton of Fribourg on September the 12th, 2012.

In particular, the NGO challenged article 22 of this law which prohibits the destruction of wooded areas of ecological or landscape interest, located outside of building zones, with the exception of mountain areas. This article also provides for a specific procedure by which derogations can be granted.

The applicant criticized the lack of protection of mountain areas and the impossibility for nature protection organizations to bring action against any decision that would damage mountain areas.

The court held that the appeal was inadmissible in this case.

It considered that mountain areas fall under the general protection regime applicable to other biotopes of cantonal or local importance. In addition, according to the court, nature protection organizations can exercise under this general regime their right to challenge decisions that would have a negative impact on mountain areas.