International Commission for the Protection of the Waters of Lake Geneva
The Rhône brings an average of 182 m3 of water per second into Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva is the largest lake in Western Europe
It supplies drinking water to over 900,000 people
The length of the banks is 200 km
The shores of the lake offer a diversity of environments that are home to a rich and varied fauna and flora
Setting course for Lake Geneva 2030
Action plan 2021-2030
We are now in charge of an exceptional heritage: a lake whose state of health has improved but which is still fragile, subject to the effects of ongoing climate change and the growing pressure of human activities.
The work done by the CIPEL for decades is in this sense extremely valuable and it is important to continue it by adapting it to the new challenges that await us by 2030.
Once upon a time there was a lake... You tell the rest
Participatory writing project
Mysterious immensity, majestic mirror, unchained soul... just a few words, and Lake Geneva is already alive! The CIPEL and the Musée du Léman invite you to a new Franco-Swiss writing project: "Les mots bleus du Léman". A platform offered to all those who want to write. Writing workshops, online writing games, to encourage literary creation, with respect for each person, without pretension or stakes. The only goals are to share and connect.
The natural shores of Lake Geneva
New travelling exhibition
The CIPEL has just set up a nicely illustrated exhibition to raise public awareness of the preservation of the natural environments along Lake Geneva. The visitor is invited to discover the fauna and flora through 5 different distinctive environments.
Bathing water quality
Map of beaches 2021
The new map of beaches, specially optimised for reading on a smartphone, has just been updated: browse through the new features, discover the beaches near you and the sanitary quality of the bathing water among the 118 beaches along Lake Geneva. We wish you a great summer on the shores of Lake Geneva
Franco-Swiss cooperation for the water of Lake Geneva
The International Commission for the Protection of the Waters of Lake Geneva (CIPEL),
an intergovernmental Franco-Swiss body, has been contributing since 1963 to the coordination of water policy on the scale of the Lake Geneva basin, i.e. between France and Switzerland, and more particularly on the territories of the departments of Ain and Haute-Savoie as well as the cantons of Vaud, Valais and Geneva.
Its perimeter, covering an area of more than 10,000 km2 , covers the catchment area of the Lake Geneva and, more generally, of the Rhône upstream of the Franco-Swiss border.
The 4 seasons of Lake Geneva
Discover each month the evolution of the temperature of the lake and other parameters of the health of Lake Geneva
Consult and download CIPEL studies and data
Subscribe to the new CIPEL newsletter
Discover our special report on natural environments made vulnerable by human activity