In 2010, with 25 years of experience and more than 100 expeditions worldwide, Michel Roggo started The Freshwater Project : photographing freshwater locations from across the globe, this in compliance with the values and ethical standards of the International League of Conservation Photographers iLCP. He finished the project in 2017, with 40 photographed freshwater locations. In 2018, Michel started The Freshwater Project extended, adding new locations, and returning to locations of special interest. During the corona pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the work focused on locations in Switzerland. To date, approximately 12,000 images were produced for the project, and about 7,000 are shown on this site.

 
 
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North America

  Sermeq Kujalleq, Kalaallit Nunaat or Greenland
One of the most active glaciers and its icebergs : 2014 - 2019
236 Images

  Sermersuaq, Kalaallit Nunaat or Greenland
The Ice Sheet with its meltwater lakes and channels : 2014

148 Images

  Northern Rockies, British Columbia, Canada
Untouched waterscapes : 2011 - 2018
220 Images

  Adams River, British Columbia, Canada
Millions of spawning Sockeye salmon : 2010
116
Images
  Québec rivers, Canada
Atlantic salmon on spawning migration : 2009

68 Images
  Floridan Aquifer, USA
Artesian water from the underground : 2011 - 2012
136
Images
  Cenotes, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Sinkholes and lagoons in Maya territory : 2014 - 2016
228
Images

South America
  Rio Negro Igapó, Brazil
The flooded Amazonian rainforest : 2011 - 2019
105 Images
  Rio Agua Boa do Univiní, Brazil
The small Amazonian rainforest river: 2011
100 Images
  Pantanal, Brazil
The world’s largest tropical wetland : 2012 - 2018
308 Images
  Abismo Anhumas, Mato Gross du Sul, Brazil
An abyss filled with crystal clear water : 2011 - 2017
68 Images
  Serra da Bodoquena, Brazil
Tropical rivers full of life : 2011 - 2018
120 Images
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
The largest waterfalls system in the world : 2016
27 Images

Europe
  Thingvellir, Iceland
A tectonic fissure filled with freshwater : 2009
72 Images
  Ume älven, Swedish Lapland
In the tracks of Carl von Linné
: 2011 - 2019
264 Images
  River Itchen, England
Crown jewel of the chalk streams : 2012
120 Images
    Êtang de la Gruère and Düdinger Möser, Switzerland
Mysterious peat bogs : 2013 - 2021
163 Images
    Jogne River, Switzerland
An enchanted karst spring : 2011 - 2021
300 Images

  Lake Montsalvens, Switzerland
A hundred year old reservoir : 2020 - 2021
269
Images

  Hongrin River, Switzerland
A wild mountain torrent : 2006 - 2021
351
Images

  Sense River, Switzerland
The last unspoiled Swiss river : 2011 - 2021
212 Images
  Lacs de Fenêtre, Switzerland
Seven months under thick ice : 2011 - 2020
94 Images
  Gorner Glacier, Switzerland
A fast melting alpine glacier : 2013 - 2020
303 Images
  Lake Morat, Switzerland
Lakes and rivers in former marshland : 2018
244 Images
  Lake Bienne, Switzerland
Lakes and rivers in former marshland : 2018 - 2019
124 Images
  Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Lakes and rivers in former marshland : 2017 - 2019
276 Images
  Verzasca River, Switzerland
A mountain torrent of outstanding beauty : 2011 - 2021
248 Images
 Aare River, Switzerland
Wetland restoration to enhance biodiversity : 2021
268 Images
  Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka, Slovenia
The spectacular spring creeks of the Sava River : 2009 - 2016
132 Images
  Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia
Sixteen lakes created by travertine barriers : 2012
88 Images
  Rijeka Gacka, Croatia
A giant karst spring : 2012
92 Images
  Danube Delta, Romania
The best preserved european river delta : 2014 - 2015
136 Images
  Rio Tinto, Spain
Acidic water with extremophile anaerobic bacteria : 2018 - 2019
51 Images

Africa
  Lake Malawi, Malawi
The richest lake fish fauna in the world : 2015
112 Images
  Okavango, Botswana
A river delta in the Kalahari desert
: 2014
100 Images
  Mosi-oa-Tunya or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
T
he world’s largest sheet of falling water : 2014
84 Images

Asia
  Wadis of the Hajar Mountains, Oman
Crystal clear water in the desert : 2015
120 Images
  Wadi Wurayah, United Arab Emirates
Freshwater in the middle of the desert : 2010 - 2011
92 Images
  Ozero Baykal, Siberia, Russia
The oldest, largest and deepest lake on earth : 2013 - 2019
328 Images
  Temnik River, Buryatia, Russia
Spring on a very wild siberian river : 2015
144 Images
  Kuril’skoye Ozero, Kamchatka, Russia
Hundreds of fishing Brown Bears : 2012
176 Images
  Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China
A World Heritage Site of outstanding beauty : 2013 - 2015
141 Images
  Huanglong, Sichuan, China
Travertine pools in the Min Mountains : 2013 - 2015
112 Images
  Gunung Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Rainforest rivers flowing through caves : 2012
124 Images

Oceania
  Limestone Coast, South Australia
Spring-fed limestone ponds and sinkholes : 2015
144 Images
  Te Waikoropupu, New Zealand
A sacred place for the Maori : 2013
68 Images
  Rotomairewhenua, New Zealand
The clearest freshwater ever reported : 2013
64 Images

Antarctia
  Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Glaciers, meltwater streams and icebergs : 2017
88 Images
  Ross Sea, Antarctica
The largest ice shelf on earth : 2017
96 Images
  Cape Adare, Antarctica
Melting glaciers and icebergs : 2017
108 Images

About the Project
"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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