The natural environment of Lake Geneva

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Natural environments

Renaturation of lake and river banks

The banks of the lake offer a diversity of environments which shelter a rich and varied fauna and flora: alluvial forest, river mouth, stony shore, reed bed or aquatic grassland, to mention only the most important.

The good health of the species that live in and depend on these natural environments depends on the number of natural sites around the lake, their tranquillity and the exchanges between them.

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In water, everything is obviously connected. On the other hand, the artificialization of the banks for more than two centuries with riprap, walls, quays, harbours and roads has greatly reduced the number of natural sites and fragmented them.

The consequence? Habitats are weakened, as are the species that take refuge in them. It is urgent to preserve those that remain.

The actions of the CIPEL

In order to improve the preservation of the natural environment at the level of Lake Geneva, the CIPEL has set itself the objective of establishing an overall vision of the progress of the renaturation of the lake and river banks and to elaborate recommendations to encourage the renaturation.

Travelling exhibition on Natural Environments

free to borrow

The CIPEL has just set up an exhibition nicely illustrated by Pierre-Abraham Rochat, in order to make the public aware of the preservation of the natural environments that border Lake Geneva. The visitor is invited to discover the fauna and flora through 5 different distinctive environments.

This exhibition, consisting of 6 rollups, is available free of charge to enhance regional events. Simply contact the CIPEL secretariat and to collect the material on site.

A leaflet in postcard format with the 6 illustrations from this exhibition is also available free of charge and can be ordered from the secretariat.


Our videos on different natural environments

In collaboration with FabWildPix

The river mouths, a rich and important environment for Lake Geneva

Discover the macrophytes, these often misunderstood lake grass beds that are confused with algae, as well as the living species that inhabit the bottom of Lake Geneva.

More information on macrophytes:

The reedbeds of Lake Geneva: a rare and fragile natural jewel discovered by the youtuber Fabwildpix and some precautions to take if you practice paddling

More information on reedbeds:

Travelling exhibition

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