Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE

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Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE

The ARE is the federal government's specialist authority on issues concerning spatial development, mobility policy, and sustainable development. It works alongside Switzerland's cantons and communes, and also takes the lead on international cooperation in spatial planning matters. In its work, the ARE pursues the vision that space in Switzerland should be managed sustainably, and that the ARE should play a key part in guiding this development.


International cooperation

It is vital for a country like Switzerland - whose regions and infrastructure are closely bound up with those of its European neighbours - to maintain a close dialogue with partners outside its borders.

Transport and infrastructure

An energy- and space-efficient transport system that also caters for the country's social and economic needs is the key to future mobility.

Sustainable development

The Confederation promotes sustainable development within its own field of activities and supports cantons, municipalities and other players in their endeavour to develop sustainably


News and social media

Would you like to be kept informed of what is happening at the ARE? You can find out quickly and easily via the following channels.



Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019

Publikation Strategie Nachhaltige Entwicklung 2016 - 2019

In its Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Council sets out the areas on which its sustainability policy will focus.