Eaux-Vives beach reed bed

This renaturalised area adjoining the park, the Quai Gustave-Ador and the Plage des Eaux-Vives includes a magnificent water garden and reed bed, and is home to aquatic fauna and flora in optimal conditions.

Thanks to the re-creation of riparian environments that have largely disappeared from Lake Geneva – natural beach, reed bed, sheltered, planted water area, etc. – this site is a haven for many species of aquatic flora and fauna. It’s a refuge for many plants and animals, and offers the prospect of a return of sensitive species to the gateway to the city.

This area of flooded banks has been designed to encourage the establishment of aquatic plants in decline, such as the rare water-willow or the white water-lily, with dynamic vegetation that will evolve over the years. It is already a haven for various species of dragonfly, as well as an ideal breeding site for lake fish and water birds - such as the Red-crowned Grebe, the Great Crested Grebe and the Common Grebe.

(A riparian area is a transition zone between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and these environments are renowned for their high biodiversity, which is disproportionately high in relation to their size. This high level of diversity is due in particular to the fact that many organisms from adjacent environments colonise these areas, in addition to organisms that are very specific to these environments. They fulfil a large number of important ecosystem functions and services).

To find out more about the species it supports throughout the year: https://www.ge.ch/document/21817/telecharger

Source Canton de Genève

▶ Quai Gustave-Ador 80 - 1207 Geneva