International Commission for the Protection of Lake Geneva

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Name of Organization

International Commission for the Protection of Lake Geneva

Part of / Sub-organizations

Focus Areas

Protection of Lake Geneva

Geographic Scope

Contacts

CIPEL

Commission internationale pour la protection des eaux du Léman ACW - Changins - Bâtiment DC Route de Duillier Case postale 1080 CH - 1260 Nyon 1

Tel. : ++ 41 (0)22 363 46 69 Fax : ++ 41 (0)22 363 46 70

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Mission/Mandate

Mission

The main role of the CIPEL is to monitor the evolution of the water quality of Lake Geneva and its tributaries. On the basis of annual results, it issues recommendations to Swiss and French governments, encouraging them to take measures to combat the sources of pollution. An official Franco-Swiss organisation, the CIPEL contributes to the coordination of water policy for the Lake Geneva catchment area. It promotes public awareness of the importance of water protection. By financing specific scientific studies, the commission offers the possibility to acquire a better knowledge of the life of the lake and its rivers.

Objectives

The task of the International Commission for the Protection of Lake Geneva is to ensure the long-term ecological restoration of the lake , the Rhône and their tributaries. The principal objectives of the CIPEL are to guarantee:

- the use of lake water as drinking water after basic treatment; - the predominance of noble fish species in the lake and rivers in order to restore the fish population to a near-natural state; - the practice of water sports in favourable conditions by assuring excellent microbiological water quality.

Organisation

The International Commission is composed of Swiss and French members of parliament and high-ranking civil servants.

The French delegation includes a representative of the Ministry of the Environment, the prefect for the Rhône-Alpes region, the prefects for the Ain and Haute Savoie departments, the director of the "Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse" Water Agency and representatives of the Rhône-Alpes regional council and the Ain and Haute-Savoie county councils.

The Swiss delegation is made up of a representative of the Swiss Agency for the Environment, a representative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and two members of the Council of State for each canton concerned (Vaud, Valais and Geneva).

A Technical subcommittee of scientists and experts assesses the state of pollution and water treatment in the Lake Geneva catchment area. It comprises an Executive committee which is responsible for the realisation of the plans of action and a Scientific council which coordinates study and research programmes concerning Lake Geneva water and ensures scientific supervision.

Key Resources

See also complete list of WaterWiki-documented International Commission for the Protection of Lake Geneva-Publications

Work on the Ground

See also complete list of WaterWiki-documented International Commission for the Protection of Lake Geneva-Projects

Click here for CIPEL's Plan of Action 2001-2010.

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