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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» in Eastern Switzerland

Through the programmes it offers, the HEKS/EPER Regional Office Eastern Switzerland makes a vital contribution to social cohesion and the inclusion of disadvantaged people in society. Through its work of advocacy it promotes equal opportunity for all, irrespective of culture, religion, social status and gender. It also sets great store by the encouragement of harmonious coexistence between immigrants and local people. The Regional Office works closely with national churches, regional and cantonal authorities, as well as private institutions.

HEKS/EPER in Eastern Switzerland

Contact us: 

The HEKS/EPER Regional Office Eastern Switzerland
Weinfelderstrasse 11
8580 Amriswil
Tel.: +41 71 410 16 84
Fax: +41 71 410 16 85
E-Mail: heks_ostschweiz@heks.ch

 

Head of the Regional Office:

Gabriela Alfanz

Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.