Chapter 23: Short Country Report Switzerland ENEC COST Action CA16229 Country Report SWITZERLAND
Ralph Hansmann, Jérôme Duberry & Nicole Bauer
Abstract: An expert survey was conducted on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Education for Environmental Citizenship in Switzerland. The participants’ responses show that the term and concept of Education for Environ-mental Citizenship is not yet well-known in Switzerland. However, referring to the definitions provided in the ENEC Cost Action questionnaire expert responses show a positive picture and great potential of the concept for the future. Experts consider the concept closely related and quite similar to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). However, they see the focus of Education for Environmental Citizen-ship on the environment and on sustainability, as well as on private and public and sociopolitical aspects as advantages of Education for Environmental Citizenship, compared to related concepts such as Environmental Education (EE) and Citizen-ship Education (CE) or ESD. However, coherent programmes and learning materials directed specifically at Education for Environmental Citizenship still need to be developed in Switzerland.