Wo we are ?

The Association for the Safeguard of Lake Geneva (ASL)

The Association for the Safeguard of Lake Geneva (ASL) is a joint French and Swiss non-profit organisation, founded in 1980 and officially recognised as being of public utility. We are not associated with any political party and our work is based on scientific research.
We currently have 4,000 members in France and Switzerland. Our main office is in Geneva.

How we came to be ? 
The ASL was created in 1980 to safeguard the water quality and aquatic ecosystems of the area around the Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), including both the lake itself and its many rivers.

If you love this magnificent region and if you want to change its lake and rivers for the better, then join the ASL!

The ASL in figures

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Goals

  • The ASL is a campaigning body which organises and carries out direct actions at grassroots level.
  • We raise awareness among the general public of the region through information campaigns, conferences, and exhibitions
  • We offer a wide range of educational programs and activities for children and teenagers
  • We are involved in changing laws, most notably in lobbying to ban phosphates from laundry products.
  • We encourage and organise practical anti-pollution measures.

Although the quality of the water in the Lake Geneva basin has definitely improved, it is vital that we continue our efforts. There is still work to be done: eliminating the sources of pollution, improving the treatment of waste water, and raising awareness of these issues in local communities through education and information campaigns, especially among young people.

History of the Association

1980
1980

Foundation of the Association for the Protection of Lake Geneva

The ASL was set up in 1980

1983
1983

An international conference on eutrophication and pollution organised by the ASL

1984
1984

The creation of the French section

In 1984, the logical step for a lake shared between two countries.

1986
1986

The use of phosphates in detergents banned in Switzerland

1987
1987

Campaign "Jump in and join us to save the lake!"

1989
1989

Launch of the ‘Lémaniques’ bulletin

First issue published in December 1989

1990 - 2000
1990 - 2000

Operation Clean Rivers no.1

A major campaign organised by ASL, Operation Clean River (ORP)

1996
1996

Organisation of a national campaign, ‘Water is Life’.

1997 - 2008
1997 - 2008

Operation ‘Clean Shores for Lake Geneva’

1998
1998

Our first internet site was set up

2002 - 2004
2002 - 2004

Organisation of the Lémano Study on the sustainable management of water-resources

2002 - 2010
2002 - 2010

Operation Clean Rivers no.2

2004
2004

The jury of the Swiss Environmental Foundation in Lucerne awarded a special prize to the ASL

2007
2007

The use of phosphates in detergents banned in France

2012
2012

Creation of the Ad’Eau program for young people

The ASL recognised the pressing need to raise awareness of environmental issues as early as possible among young people and created the Ad’Eau program for this purpose.

2012
2012

The ASL changed its logo

2013
2013

Launch of the campaign ‘Stop Knotweed’

The ASL identified a new threat to Lake Geneva - knotweed, an invasive plant originating in Japan.

2014
2014

First EAU’tour of the lake summer camp

2014
2014

Collaboration with Net’Léman for the sixth annual cleanup of the lake

Net’Léman was founded in 2005 to organise an annual cleanup: from 2012, the ASL took a leading role in organizing this and in 2014 the two organisations merged.

2015 - 2017
2015 - 2017

Operation Clean Rivers no.3

2016
2016

Creation of a educational program for schools

2018
2018

Organisation of a study on microplastics

2019
2019

Organisation of a workshop on microplastics

This brought together 65 specialists from the world of academia, infrastructure management, engineering and other stakeholders to exchange views and share knowledge in a series of workshops, with the aim of identifying the best solutions to implement.

2020
2020

40th anniversary of the ASL

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