Musée des confluences

Wetlands for the cities of tomorrow

Sunday the 4th of February | 10 am – 7 pm

[Meeting in French]

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on the 2nd of February each year to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar. This inter-governmental treaty for the conservation of wetlands and their rational and sustainable use was ratified on the 2nd of February 1971 by more than 160 countries throughout the world, including France. This convention now forms one of the main foundations for public policy supporting wetlands.

Wetlands (such as peat-bogs, lagoons, swamps, wet grasslands, mangroves and forest ponds) contribute to establishing the correct ecological balance on our planet by providing numerous functions and services for society. However, despite the fundamental role they play in reducing the impacts of extreme weather, such as flooding, drought and cyclones, they are constantly receding due, in particular, to urban pressure, draining, loss of use and filling. It is estimated that approximately 67% of wetlands in Metropolitan France have disappeared since the beginning of the twentieth century.

The miles of waterways (the Rhône, Saône and tributaries) and the 276 wetlands that represent 1.6% of the territory are part of France's hydrological heritage.  Mainly located in the valleys to the west of Lyon, in the Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage to the east, and downstream of Lyon along the Rhône, they are ecological, as well as social, cultural and landscape assets, and must form a key part of efforts made to improve protection against flooding, via run-off and overflowing measures.


Screenings-discussion | Large Auditorium | All ages

  • At 11 am (2 hrs): 'Rhône, la renaissance d’un fleuve' by Claude-Julie Parisot (2014, 52’)
    Discussion with Gilles Armani, ethnologist, Gilbert Cochet, naturalist, and Jean-Michel Olivier, research engineer at the Laboratory of the ecology of natural and anthropised hydrosystems (LEHNA), Lyon 1 University.
  • At 2.30 pm (1½ hrs): 'La Dronne, la Découverte et le Grand départ' by Emmanuel Rondeau (2016, 2 x 8’).
    Discussion with Gilbert Cochet, naturalist, and Emmanuel Rondeau, director.
  • At 4.30 pm (2 hrs): 'Le Peuple des forêts: Au fil de l’histoire (Episode 3)' by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud
    Discussion with Gilbert Cochet, naturalist and scientific advisor for the film, and Stéphane Durand, scriptwriter.

Workshops | Auditorium lobby

  • 10 am - 2 pm: 'En quête du Rhône' (Surveying the Rhône), with the SMIRIL.
    This activity is based on a learning tool that represents a map of the islands and 'lônes' (sealed-off channels) of the Rhône, to understand how the river has changed over time, to discover projects undertaken to restore biodiversity and to raise awareness about the risk of floods.
  • 10 am - 2 pm: 'La roue de la f.eau.rtune' (The waterwheel of fortune) with the CIE.
    A quiz game on the theme of water.
  • 2 - 5 pm: 'Le Rhône grandeur nature' with Arthropologia.
    The general public is invited to position various elements of the landscape, fauna and flora on a large fresco that represents the catchment area of the river Rhône. A memory game will be provided for younger children.
  • 2 - 5 pm: 'L'Odyssée de l'Ô' with FRAPNA Rhône.
    Through two large scale models, the general public will be able to discover the path taken by water in its natural environment, as well as that taken by household drinking water and sewage.
  • 2 - 5 pm: 'Jo le crapaud' with LPO Rhône.
    A story about 'Jo le crapaud' (Jo the toad) and the troubles he encounters during his annual migrations. Creation of amphibian masks and discovery of biodiversity in wetlands.

Photographic installations | Auditorium foyer

  • 'Les zones humides' (Wetlands) (CEN)
    Nine roll-ups presenting the challenge of wetlands, their role in natural balances and the threats facing them.
  • 'Faune et flore du Rhône' (Fauna and flora of the Rhône) (CEN)
    Photographs illustrating the diversity of fauna and flora species in the Rhône valley.
  • 'Le Rhône, des visages' (Faces of the Rhône) (SMIRIL)
    Ten triptychs on the river Rhône, each representing an aerial view, a portrait of a local resident and a poetic image of the river from the paths.

A day in collaboration with Arthropologia, Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels (CEN), Centre d’Observation de la Nature de l’Ile du Beurre, Fédération Rhône-Alpes de Protection de la Nature, Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux du Rhône and Maison de l’Environnement de la Métropole de Lyon.