Adults

Awareness and education at all levels is fundamental to ensure quality water for future generations.

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Why work with adults?

Political actors, infrastructure managers, researchers or students, it is important for everyone to understand the issues related to the preservation of Lake Geneva in order to take practical measures to maintain a high quality of water.

Are you looking for the best possible way to start your day? Come with us and make the most of the dawn on Lake Geneva. Two hours of discovery will fill you with energy for the whole day. What could be better than savouring the tranquil moments just before sunrise? The still waters, the peaceful atmosphere, and the gentle awakening of Lake Geneva combine to produce a revelatory experience. Over the course of the summer we will be meeting at different spots on the lake shore to offer you a privileged opportunity to explore the biodiversity of Lake Geneva.
The first half of each excursion will be dedicated to birdwatching, while the second part will take place in the water to discover what happens below the surface of the lake. Using masks and snorkels and guided by a set of specially designed waterproof information sheets, participants will be fully equipped to discover the gentle rhythm of the underwater meadows and the molluscs, crabs, and fishes which shelter within them.

Program of excursions for the summer 2021

Thursday 27th May: New Plage de Eaux Vives (Geneva)
To celebrate the Festival of Nature, we invite you to discover the biodiversity of the lake. What could be better than making the most of the tranquil period just before the sun rises? A still lake, a peaceful atmosphere,, and an awakening reedbed combine to produce a spectacle which one would never expect in the centre of a city. The lagoon of the Plage des Eaux Vives supports an astonishing abundance of wildlife. The display and clucking of the great crested grebe, the harsh song of the reed warblers, and the strident call of the European kingfisher can all be found here, as well as numbers of other nesting or migratory birds which find sustenance in this nature reserve.
Once the sun has risen, the outing will continue in the water, allowing participants to discover what happens below the surface of the lake. Using masks and snorkels and guided by a set of specially designed waterproof information sheets, participants will be fully equipped to discover the gentle rhythm of the underwater meadows and the molluscs, crabs, and fishes which shelter within them.

Compulsory registration using the form below
Maximum 15 participants
Price: free (Festival of Nature)
Children must be accompanied by an adult
The ASL takes no responsibility for the part of the excursion which takes place in the water. Enrollment is limited to competent swimmers.

Wednesday 16th June: Prévérenges (Vaud)

Beside the beach at Preverenges a strange artificial island has been built. Over the years, this ‘Bird Island’ has become an important nesting site. Waders, terns, gulls, various types of ducks and passerines make the most of the range of environments which can be found there. At sunrise, when there are few people about, we can enjoy the dawn chorus without being disturbed. Once the sun is up, the excursion will take place in the water to discover what happens below the surface of the lake. Using masks and snorkels and guided by a set of specially designed waterproof information sheets, participants will be fully equipped to discover the gentle rhythm of the underwater meadows and the molluscs, crabs, and fishes which shelter within them.

Compulsory registration using the form below

Maximum 15 participants
Price: CHF 10 per adult, CHF 5 per child.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The ASL takes no responsibility for the part of the excursion which takes place in the water. Enrollment is limited to competent swimmers.

Thursday June 24th: The delta of the Dranse river (France, 74)

The Dranse delta is extremely rich in flora and fauna. The opportunity to hear the dawn chorus of dozens of nesting birds is a wonderful experience. Forest-dwelling passerines, grebes, tufted ducks and gulls awake with a deafening variety of songs and cries. Once the sun is up, the excursion will continue in the water to discover what happens below the surface of the lake. Using masks and snorkels and guided by a set of specially designed waterproof information sheets, participants will be fully equipped to discover the gentle rhythm of the underwater meadows and the molluscs, crabs, and fishes which shelter within them.
Compulsory registration using the form below
Maximum 15 participants
Price: CHF 10 per adult, CHF 5 per child.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
The ASL takes no responsibility for the part of the excursion which takes place in the water. Enrollment is limited to competent swimmers.

Tuesday 24th August: Jetty of Les Paquis (Geneva)
The month of August marks the start of the autumn migration season. The Geneva harbour acts as a funnel between the Alps and the Jura mountains, making it possible to see a considerable number of migrating birds - waders, gulls, and numerous types of duck. Dawn is the best time to observe these birds who can sometimes be found resting on the jetty at Les Paquis or on the gravel shores on either side. Once the sun is up, the excursion will continue in the water to discover what happens below the surface of the lake. Using masks and snorkels and guided by a set of specially designed waterproof information sheets, participants will be fully equipped to discover the gentle rhythm of the underwater meadows and the molluscs, crabs, and fishes which shelter within them.
Compulsory registration using the form below
Maximum 15 participants
Price: CHF 10 per adult, CHF 5 per child.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
The ASL takes no responsibility for the part of the excursion which takes place in the water. Enrollment is limited to competent swimmers.

We offer targeted sessions on subjects such as biodiversity, plastic pollution or the success story of Lake Geneva.

These presentations can be made informally over coffee or in a formal way during a conference or round table.

We are happy to set up a project that suits your needs.

For further information, please contact us using the form below.

We can organise training sessions on the following subjects, either on a regular basis or as a one-off:

  • Where the earth’s water comes from
  • How it is distributed,
  • The anthropogenic water cycle
  • The challenges of reducing our consumption
  • Measuring the impact we have on pollution
  • Understanding the principles of water governance
  • Discovering the wealth of local biodiversity.

We are happy to set up a project to match your needs and interests.

For further information, please contact us using the form below.

Contact form

Gallery

Intervention as part of the "water" module of the SANU Environmental Advisor training
Round table at the UN on plastic in the aquatic environment as part of the day of young reporters
Presentation of the results of the study on microplastics in Lake Geneva during the Water Meetings at UNIL.
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