The natural environment of Lake Geneva

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Natural environments

Renaturation of lake and river banks

The shores of the lake offer a diversity of environments that are home to a rich and varied flora and fauna: alluvial forest, river mouth, stony shore, reed bed or aquatic meadow, to name but 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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Of course, everything in water is connected. On the other hand, the artificialization of riverbanks over the past two centuries with riprap, walls, quays, harbours and roads has greatly reduced the number of natural sites and fragmented them.

The result? Habitats are weakened, as are the species that take refuge in them. We urgently need to preserve those that remain.

CIPEL actions

With the aim of improving the preservation of natural environments throughout Lake Geneva, the CIPEL has set itself the objective of establishing an overall view of the progress of renaturation work on the lake and river banks, and drawing up recommendations to encourage renaturation.

Travelling exhibition on natural environments

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CIPEL has just put together an exhibition, beautifully illustrated by Pierre-Abraham Rochat, to raise public awareness of the need to preserve the natural environments that border Lake Geneva. Visitors are invited to discover the flora and fauna of 5 distinctive environments.

This exhibition, comprising 6 rollups, is available free of charge to enhance regional events. Simply contact CIPEL secretariat and pick up your equipment on site.

A postcard-sized leaflet featuring 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

Find out more about the worrying phenomenon of quagga mussels, an invasive exotic species carpeting the bottom of Lake Geneva.

Mouths, a rich and important environment for Lake Geneva

Discover macrophytes, the often misunderstood lake grass that is often confused with algae, and the living species that inhabit the bottom of Lake Geneva.

More information on macrophytes:

The reed beds of Lake Geneva: a rare and fragile natural jewel discovered by youtuber Fabwildpix and a few precautions to take if you paddle.

More information on reed beds:

Travelling exhibition

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