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Since its foundation in 1914, the Swiss National Park (SNP) has been a strictly protected wilderness area in the heart of the Alps. In specific terms, this means that all natural processes can take place without restriction throughout an area of around 170 square kilometres. Nature is largely left to its own devices. In the SNP, animals, plants, habitats and the related processes have been protected from human interference for over 100 years. Humans are silent observers of the various processes that shape and constantly change this unique alpine landscape. Today and in the future, the SNP is committed to allowing natural processes to take place, to researching and documenting them. Not least in order to understand them better and better.

Here we present some of these natural processes and show you what is actually meant by their protection in the Park.

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