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Mires were unpleasant places hostile to human beings where you would not go if you could avoid it. ) So, many of the locals failed to see the beauty of a mire landscape and could not understand why these of all things should be protected. The protection goals were to maintain traditional scenery, attractive for tourists; to preserve the mire habitats and other natural landscape elements, attractive to naturalists; to create a network of natural habitats for the benefit of endangered species; and to support traditional farming as an essential part of the aesthetic value of the landscape.
Urbanized areas are explicitly excluded as a different inventory was drawn up (and enacted in 1981) for urban scenery and heritage sites: the Bundesinventar der schützenswerten Ortsbilder der Schweiz (ISOS). – It must have aesthetic and cultural value: a landscape must be beautiful, unique, scientifically and historically interesting, it should contain relics of former cultural landscapes. In other words, it should be attractive to educated people, historians and scientists in particular. – The most important landscape types should all be represented in the inventory and the objects should also be distributed evenly across the country.
The government saw the point of protecting habitats but for the landscape in question they were willing to make another exception for the sake of national defense. The support of the army in the population was weaker than the government had anticipated and the referendum was accepted in the vote and the strict protection of mire landscapes had to be implemented. e. characterized by mire habitats) was under strict protection, while all other types were not. Actually, wetland habitats were finally protected by separate inventories: Raised bogs and fenlands where each is listed in a separate inventory: the Federal Inventory of Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance and the Federal Inventory of Fenlands of National Importance, respectively.