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Snow-capped mountains, cows with bells grazing on the slopes and picturesque chalets decorated with flower boxes are images that come to mind when people think of Switzerland. 

The Swiss have successfully linked farming and their landscape to provide a perfect image of this beautiful country.

The Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County and its partners, Lanark County Tourism and the Towns of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills hosted a presentation by Ulrich Lehner, the Swiss Ambassador to Canada at the Town Hall in Carleton Place in June 2012.  His Excellency spoke about this successful interplay of economic and cultural values and described how the Swiss have associated the agriculture and tourism industries to promote this popular tourist destination.Switzerland-farming

“Many countries face similar issues of competition for limited resources and we believe learning what other countries have done right will allow us to solve some of our own issues” said Paul Egginton, a member of the Stewardship Council.

This was our second presentation in the Ambassador Speaker Series.  The Series began in 2010 as a way to explore approaches used in various countries on issues that are of interest to landowners in our own community.  Sometimes the approaches are quite different from what see in Canada today.