No biodiversity, no life

Diversity in nature is essential to human life. That is why, with the Coop Sustainability Fund, we support more than 30 projects aimed at conserving biodiversity.

In 1992, the United Nations adopted the Convention on Biological Diversity. This biodiversity convention essentially pursues three goals:

    • The conservation of biological diversity
    • The sustainable use of biological diversity
    • The fair and equitable sharing of benefits (compensation) arising out of the use of biological diversity

We are committed to these three goals. This is why the Coop Sustainability Fund promotes projects that could not be financed from a purely commercial perspective. We invest CHF 16.5 million a year in the fund’s projects, some of which are related to the area of biodiversity. Here is a selection of the fund’s projects that promote biodiversity:

    • FiBL research projects
      Fundamental research on climate-neutral arable farming and vegetable growing as well as cattle rearing using minimal levels of concentrated feed
    • Organic farming in the tropics
      Comparative analysis on the contribution made by organic farming in the tropics and sub-topics to food security, the fight against poverty and the conservation of ecosystems by FiBL, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Biovision and LED
    • Pro Specie Rara
      Promotion of varieties and breeds threatened by extinction through incorporation in product range and support of Pro Specie Rara variety gardens, orchards and ark farms
    • Hochstamm Suisse fruit trees
      Conserving and promoting endangered standard fruit tree orchards as a traditional cultural landscape by setting up Hochstamm Suisse products and promoting communication
    • Sativa Rheinau AG
      Promotion of variety breeding and seed propagation for organic wheat and spelt by our partners Sativa Rheinau AG and Getreidezüchtung Peter Kunz

More on the Coop Sustainability Fund

Biodiversity 2010 media dossier

Principles and topics