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.

"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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The Freshwater Project extended : New Locations
new location : Rio Tinton, Spain new location : Trois Lacs, Switzerland
The Freshwater Project extended : Continued Work
continued work : Sermeq Kujalleq, Kalaallit Nunaat continued work : Ume älven, Swedish Lapland
continued work : Ozero Baykal, Siberia continued work : Northern Rockies, Canada
continued work : Serra da Bodoquena, Brazil continued work : Pantanal, Brazil
continued work : Gorner Glacier, Switzerland continued work : Sense River, Switzerland
continued work : Verzasca River, Switzerland continued work : Alpine lake, Switzerland

The locations of The Freshwater Project and The Freshwater Project extended

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Lake Malawi, Malawi
The richest lake fish fauna in the world
Pantanal, Brazil
The world’s largest wetland
Kuril’skoye Ozero, Kamchatka
Hundreds of fishing Brown Bears
Limestone Coast, South Australia
Spring-fed limestone ponds and sinkholes
Sermeq Kujalleq, Kalaallit Nunaat
One of the most active glaciers and its icebergs
Danube Delta, Romania
The best preserved european river delta
Sermersuaq, Kalaallit Nunaat
The 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
Jiuzhaigou, China
A World Heritage Site of outstanding beauty
Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka, Slovenia
The spectacular spring creeks of the Sava River
Gorner Glacier, Swiss Alps
Meltwater channels and ponds on a frozen river
Rotomairewhenua, New Zealand
The clearest freshwater ever reported
Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zimbabwe and Zambia
he world’s largest sheet of falling water
Rijeka Gacka, Croatia
A giant karst spring
Temnik river, Buryatia
Spring on a very wild siberian river
Te Waikoropupu, New Zealand
A sacred place for the Maori
Verzasca, Swiss Alps
Beautiful but dangerous mountain torrent
Gunung Mulu, Sarawak
Rainforest rivers flowing through caves
Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia
Sixteen lakes created by travertine barriers
Thingvellir, Iceland
A tectonic fissure filled with freshwater
Adams River, British Columbia
Millions of spawning Sockeye salmon
Wadi Wurayah, United Arab Emirates
Freshwater in the middle of the desert
Québec rivers, Canada
Atlantic salmon on spawning migration
Rio Negro Igapó, Brazil
The flooded Amazonian rainforest
River Itchen, England
Crown jewel of the chalk streams
Northern Rockies, British Columbia
Untouched waterscapes
Abismo Anhumas, Mato Gross du Sul
An abyss filled with crystal clear water
Serra da Bodoquena, Brazil
A tropical river full of life
Huanglong, China
Travertine pools in the Min Mountains
Ume älven, Swedish Lapland
In the tracks of Carl von Linné
Mountain lake, Valais Alps
Seven months under thick ice
Floridan Aquifer, USA
Artesian water from the underground
Iguazu Falls, Brazil, Argentina
The largest waterfalls system in the world
Wadis of the Hajar Mountains, Oman
Crystal clear water in the desert
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Glaciers, meltwater streams and icebergs
Ross Sea, Antarctica
The largest ice shelf on earth
Cape Adare, Antarctica
Melting glaciers and icebergs
Three headwaters of the Rhine river near Michel’s home as one location:
An alpine river
A peat bog
A karst spring

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