Michel Roggo is based in Switzerland, and this has a lot to do with his passion: He started freshwater photography in the countless crystal clear rivers and lakes of the Swiss Alps. With 25 years of experience and about 100 expeditions worldwide, he has the skills to work on a global freshwater project: photographing about 30 locations in 4 years, this in compliance with the values and ethical standards of the International League of Conservation Photographers iLCP. So far, about 30 locations have been photographed - but there will be a few more.

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"As one of the few professional photographers specialising in underwater images of freshwater landscapes and species we strongly support Michel’s work “to produce a photographic documentation of 30 important freshwater environments from across the globe, focusing on underwater images, as a contribution to safeguarding the future of the world's wetland areas”. We see the need for raising public awareness of the beauty of underwater freshwater habitats and species through images such as these as a most important contribution to IUCN’s own work towards valuing and conserving nature."

Dr William Darwall, Head, IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit
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    Wadis of the Hajar Mountains, Oman - deep pools filled with crystal clear water and full of aquatic plants 
    Danube Delta, Romania - the best preserved european river delta 
    Sermeq Kujalleq, Kalaallit Nunaat - one of the fastest and most active glaciers of the world and its icebergs 
    Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zimbabwe and Zambia - the world’s largest sheet of falling water 
     Sermersuaq, Kalaallit Nunaat - the fast melting Greenland Ice Sheet with its meltwater lakes and channels 
    Okavango, Botswana - a river delta in the Kalahari desert 
    Cenotes, Quintana Roo, Mexico - sinkholes and lagoons in Maya territory 
    Baykal Ozero, Siberia - twenty percent of the world’s freshwater in one single lake 
    Gorner Glacier, Swiss Alps - meltwater channels and ponds on a frozen river 

   Jiuzhaigou, China - a World Heritage Site of outstanding beauty
   Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka, Slovenia - the spectacular spring creeks of the Sava River 

   Rotomairewhenua, New Zealand - the clearest freshwater ever reported

   Te Waikoropupu, New Zealand - a sacred place for Maori

   Pantanal, Brazil - the world’s largest wetland
   Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia - sixteen lakes created by travertine barriers
    Kuril’skoye Ozero, Kamchatka - hundreds of fishing Brown Bears
   Rijeka Gacka, Croatia - giant karst spring
   Gunung Mulu, Sarawak - rainforest rivers flowing through caves 
   Verzasca, Swiss Alps - beautiful but dangerous mountain torrent
    Adams River, British Columbia - millions of spawning Sockeye salmon 
    Thingvellir, Iceland - the entrance to the underworld
    Rio Negro Igapó, Brazil - the flooded Amazonian rainforest
    Wadi Wurayah, United Arab Emirates - freshwater in the middle of the desert
    Québec rivers, Canada - Atlantic salmon on spawning migration 
    River Itchen, England - crown jewel of the chalk streams
    Abismo Anhumas, Mato Gross du Sul - an abyss filled with crystal clear water 
    Northern Rockies lakes, British Columbia - untouched waterscapes 
    Serra da Bodoquena, Brazil - crystal clear rivers full of life
    Three waters of outstanding beauty in Switzerland - a karst spring, a peat bog and an alpine river 
   Floridan Aquifer, USA - artesian water from the underground
    Ume älven, Swedish Lapland - in the tracks of Carl von Linné 

   Huanglong, China - travertine pools and waterfalls high up in the Min Mountains
    Mountain lake, Valais Alps - seven months under thick ice 
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