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Source: Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland

03.09.2019 federal Affairs, The Council of State has responded to seven consultation procedures federal : Pre-project concerning the revision of the civil code (transfer of business by inheritance) Cantonal affairs Leisure and individual sports in natural environments: a sustainable balance between preservation and use of nature Thanks to their attractiveness, Neuchâtel’s natural areas offer places for relaxation, recreation and privileged sports. They see the activities that take place there. In order to guarantee the sustainable use of these sensitive places, the Council of State specifies the policy it intends to pursue through the report “Leisure and individual sports in natural environments”. He responds to two parliamentary interventions (postulate 13.113 and motion 10.182) with contradictory objectives: on the one hand the free use of nature, on the other hand its limitation of use, particularly in nature reserves. In a vision that promotes a sustainable balance between use and preservation of nature, the Council of State advocates the empowerment of each and the partnership with the specialized associations. In good understanding with them, he will continue to plan attractive itineraries to channel the activities and if necessary, he will decide on access restrictions to sensitive perimeters for wildlife and biodiversity. Concretely, the policy of the Council of State follows several principles. First, the maintenance of free access to natural areas for recreation and individual sports with the awareness of practitioners about ecological risks. In sensitive areas for wildlife and biodiversity, recreational and sports enthusiasts may encounter access restrictions. These will be investigated as part of Cantonal Assignment Plans (CAP). In this respect, the Van Haut Creux du Van PAC project is illustrative. In areas where recreational activities are attractive, positive planning will continue to encourage people to use marked trails. For certain sports and leisure activities requiring exclusive use of a perimeter and presenting ecological impacts, such as paintball or airsoft, motocross or adventure parks, special authorizations are required and their number is limited. Fighting littering through education, incitement and punishment Since 2016, the Council of State has been fighting against littering in several ways: public awareness and information, the education of our youth and if necessary the application of sanctions. The incentive to use reusable materials in public events in particular has complemented its strategy. Indeed, the phenomenon of littering that concerns cities, countryside and nature is a problem related to the behavior of certain individuals and requires a response at several levels. Through its concerted efforts on its various lines of struggle, the State of Neuchâtel fully engages in its prerogatives, recalling that the tasks of public health are first communal. In the area of sanctions, the Council of State has asked the Public Ministry to introduce a harmonized cantonal tariff fine of 100 francs to better combat littering. The competence to amend would be given to communal security agents and newly to cantonal nature agents, in order to preserve our environment in the broad sense. In its report in response to postulate 16.151, the Council of State informs the Grand Council of its strategy and the actions it is carrying out in collaboration with the municipalities. Optimization of the lake trail and rejection of the “Rives for all” initiative As natural and sensitive natural spaces, the banks of the lake must benefit from a sustainable, balanced management between preservation and use of nature. Thus the objectives of the Council of State are to maintain the ecological quality and accessibility. For these purposes, in 2017, it adopted the master plan for the shores of Lake Neuchâtel (PDRives) that deals with the development, utilization and preservation of the shores of the lake of Neuchâtel. As a reminder, the master plan of the shores has been awarded in 2017 by pedestrian Mobility switzerland and the Association transport et environnement (ATE). Concretely, a current situation considered to be good, the trail to the lake will be further optimized on some 9 km away. To do this, the State Council adopted a first credit of 200’000 swiss francs. At the same time, the popular initiative, which demands, that the shores of the lakes of the canton of Neuchâtel can be accessed by a service continues to more than 2 m wide in two years turns out to be counterproductive. In fact, excessive in its content, it is not included in a sustainable development perspective. The large tract of mobility would lead to a attendance very important, and a too strong pressure on environments to be the fragile balance. Their development and their maintenance would be more expensive. By the implementation of the master plan of the shores, by 2025, the Township will respond more sustainably to the requests expressed by the initiative but also to environmental concerns. For these reasons, the Council of State invited the Grand Council and the people to reject this popular initiative. Financial support for the construction of 26 apartments with supervision in Couvet The Council of State has granted to the co-op rainbow, a loan of 1’080’000 francs, and a simple guarantee of 480’000 chf, and has acquired one share for a total amount of 138 000 francs. These aids to the stone within the framework of the policy of the canton of the housing and in the planning medico-social. They are intended to promote the construction of a building of 26 apartments with staff common room, and that the rents meet the standards of the supplementary benefits. They are complemented in particular by support of the Central issue for the construction of housing at the federal level. This building is located close to the centre and the train station of Couvet is the first project of co-operative dedicated to the beneficiaries of AHV and iv and will offer the first few apartments with supervision of the Val-de-Travers. The Council of State has granted naturalization to 49 people and their families.

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