English introduction

 

regionatur.ch is a web-based environmental program. regionatur.ch was developed in and for Northwestern Switzerland, covering an area of 1,000 square kilometers. A regional environmental «encyclopedia», this is an easy to use tool for the public, for politicians, planners, conservationists and students to learn about the changes that have occurred in nature and the landscape in the Greater Basel Area (GBA) over the past 500 years.

It is the goal of the program to raise awareness of the pitfalls of development and to remind the public of what was here before. Given their acquired knowledge through regionatur.ch, it is suggested that the public may better understand the natural history of their local area, take this knowledge into consideration and eventually change their behaviour accordingly. The history of green spaces in the Greater Basel Area as well as their diversity in today’s urban context is given a special focus in the program.

7000 historic and current photographs and more than 280 text modules document the rapid changes, that have occurred and are still occurring at an alarming rate in our daily surroundings due to urban and industrial development. Photographs and historic paintings available in the program are used on purpose: Pictures provide the perfect method to comprehend and retrace the changes to nature and landscape over time. In addition, historic and modern maps provided allow for time travel. Specific literature and links within the program as well as to outside sources enhance the information available to visitors of regionatur.ch.

It took a team of biologists and geographers from Basel five years to put this environmental program together. The program will continuously be updated. It is financed by Christoph Merian Stiftung, the Department of Education Basel-Stadt and the Cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Solothurn.