The BDM programme is a project of the Federal office for the Environment (FOEN). An external coordination office is responsible for the project.
The BDM is organized as follows:
• A small external coordination office is responsible for the overall project and organizes the annual gathering of data. It is responsible for data management, evaluation, reporting and quality assurance.
• The field surveys for the main indicators of widespread species – Z7 and Z9 – have been put out for bid, and contracts have been awarded to the most qualified applicants for a survey period covering several years. The coordination office performs its own surveys at particularly complex sites.
• Data collection for rare species relies on institutions that already deal routinely with the respective species groups. The institutions in this category are primarily the Swiss Centre for Fauna Cartography (CSCF), the Swiss Flora Network Centre (CRSF), the Swiss Ornithological Station, the Swiss Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Programme (KARCH) and the Swiss Society for Wildlife Biology (SGW). The BDM also relies on data from numerous other institutions and organizations.