Over 200 visitors at the public evening

Thursday, 19. October 2017

Is the Engelberg Valley prepared for climate change?

The large public gathering at the Hotel Terrace in Engelberg showed that the climate change affects a lot of people. More than 200 persons, some of them standing, followed the exciting two-hour discussion about the observed impacts of climate changes in the Engelberg Valley. On the podium, the biologist Dr. Andreas Moser, NETZ Natur, the Engelberger farmer and politician Marta Scheuber, the Tourism Director of Engelberg, Frédéric Füssenich, as well as the responsible councilor of the Kanton Obwalden and scientistDr. Josef Hess. The moderator, Prof. Dr. Iwan Rickenbacher, actively involved the public in the debate.

«We can not turn the wheel back»
At the beginning of the evening Prof. Dr. David N. Bresch from the ETH Zurich showed that the effects of climate change are not reversible: “According to a study by the University of Friborg, about 90 percent of the glaciers in the Central Swiss Alps will be felled by 2090. And the climatic scenario of MeteoSwiss shows that the frost-free days of the Titlis are reduced by 25 to 50 days by 2060. There will be about 20 days less fresh snow. The Engelberg Valley experiences the changes and corresponding consequences sooner than the rest of Switzerland, as the recent natural events of this summer show.

In the following, the panelists discussed the improvements in flood protection, biodiversity, the nature of tourism, and further topics. The audience was also actively involved in the event.

At the end of the evening, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. Verena Briner was  thankful for the intrested audience and said, “Let us take all these votes so that our actions will become a snowball that is getting bigger and more effective.” The nightcap, offered by Han’s Europe’s, was used by many participants to discuss the effects of climate change and the votes of the evening.

Donators and Partners

Following a long period of fruitful cooperation, a close partnership was agreed on in June 2007. The Collegium Helveticum is an institution jointly borne by the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (‘ETH’), Zurich.

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ETH domain and assumes the supervision of its institutions. Its close relationship with the ETH Council has contributed to the successful continuation of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2000.

The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.

In 2014, Academia Engelberg Foundation formed a partnership with the University of Lund in Sweden. The University was founded in 1666 but general studies, predecessor of today’s University, already existed in 1425.

The focus of the Foundation is the promotion of organizations in the areas of culture and arts, architecture, design, music, sports, education, and science. It has been a partner of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2014.