Forests are a central feature of our environment. People avail of the goods they produce, such as wood, and of the environmental services they provide, for example protection and recreation. As a renewable resource, forest must be harvested and managed sustainably: all its functions (ecological, economic and social) must be given due consideration.
Source: Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Forest Division, 2010. Forests and wood in Switzerland. Leaflet.