Rhône de Verbois, Geneva
Nearly all ponds were created with the objective of providing (i) habitats for biodiversity and (ii) places for leisure activities (walking & hiking, contact with nature, fishing, bathing, cooling effect (during heat peaks)).
In the context of warming (and heat waves), this pondscape is used for the well-being of the population (e.g. from the neighboring large city of Geneva): refreshing walk, bathing.
The network is a hotspot for biodiversity: (i) it includes 4 amphibian breeding sites of national importance, (ii) it overlaps the alluvial site of national importance Nr 114, and (ii) most ponds are integrated in the Ramsar site Nr 701. Several ponds are birdwatching places.
Biodiversity, ES, NBS costs and benefits, potential for climate adaptation and mitigation