International cooperation

European observation network for territorial development and cohesion (ESPON)

ESPON aims to establish a permanent system of spatial monitoring of the European territory. The ARE represents Switzerland in the programme.

European Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial Planning CEMAT

A number of dedicated conferences of ministers have been established under the aegis of the Council of Europe. One of these is the CEMAT.

Further information

Alpine Convention

The Alpine Convention is the world's first treaty under international law designed to protect a mountain region. Switzerland has assumed the rotating presidency of the Alpine Convention for 2011 and 2012.