Watertrek

Watertrek’s mission is to raise awareness and alert about the need to protect aquatic ecosystems threatened by plastic pollution, global warming and toxic chemicals. Watertrek organizes expeditions combining sports (stand-up paddling and walking treks), citizen science and collaborative art, a three-prong approach combining motion, education and creation. It also proposes water-themed contents and renditions of these adventures.

THE STAND-UP PADDLE TO START MOVING


The stand-up paddle or SUP is a derivative of the Hawaiian canoe, the ancestor of modern surfing, used by Polynesian kings. It is practiced standing up, with a paddle.

AN INDIVIDUAL VISION, A GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Séverine Vasselin founded the association Watertrek in 2013 after practicing stand-up paddling for the first time on the Côte Bleue near Marseille in the South of France.

“This experience was a true revelation, a change of perspective that was at once physical, sensorial, social and spiritual, a shift in my esthetic viewpoint of the landscape. Standing up on the water, in a physical posture requiring balance, far from the land, it seemed essentiel to me to remind everyone of the beauty of life we are an integral part of, and of the importance of relearning how to see and feel, away from any form of anthropocentrism."

OUR SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS TO DOCUMENT POLLUTION

Watertrek organizes long and short distance paddle expeditions. These initiatives - mostly on rivers - have a scientific and cartographic vocation, allowing us to collect information on the quantity, the source and type of waste and pollution present in water. It also enables us to physically connect to the ecosystem.

The projects led by Watertrek are in line with three of the Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the UN:

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Watertrek feeds citizen science platforms in collaboration with its partners (Surfrider Foundation Europe, Freshwater Watch in Oxford, DryRivers in Lyon). The association is a member of the Steering Committee involved in protecting Transfer Routes launched by the French Ministry for Energy Transition. It participates in the  identification and mapping of waste accumulation zones observed on banks with the CEREMA.

AN ARTISTIC APPROACH TO ENRICH OUR VISION OF THE LANDSCAPE 

Our expeditions integrate both esthetic, artistic, and collaborative dimensions.

“The ecological crisis is above all a crisis of sensitivity.”

Baptiste Morizot

Un œuvre d'art réalisée à partir de déchets ramassés

OUR STORIES

Expedition renditions and conferences, screenings of our documentary and fiction movies, exhibitions and podcasts: Watertrek shares its experiences using various audiovisual and artistic formats, as many supports to alert on water preservation. We welcome everyone wanting to host these creative initiatives.

OUR PARTNERS

Microsoft
Cifacom
Climate Reality
Break free from plastic
Carbone 4
Plastic Origins
Garn
Plastic Coalition
Redesa
France Nature
UNO Environement
Sup Norway
Le grand huit
Freshwater
Surfrider
Plastic free july
Ministère de la transition écologique
Lush
Ocean Viking
Restube
StarBoard
SupPassion
All our partners

News

SUP Expedition from Saint-Remy-sur-Orne to Louvigny for Mathieu and Anthony

Our 2 Watertrekers Mathieu & Anthony have decided to go for a one-day paddle down a portion of the Orne (a coastal river in Normandy), leading from its rural environment into a larger city. The aim was to identify the possible presence of plastic, and learn more about the physicochemical qualities of its waters. The […]

Odyseine Paddle & Pick initiative downtown Paris

20700 cigarette butts, 2697 bottle tops, 375 food packagings, 138 corks, 90 tcups, and hundreds of bottles have been counted by our litter pickers on Sunday, September 30th in Paris along the canal Saint-Martin. The initiative was organized by our volunteer Emmanuelle and welcome the 2 Odyseine Adventurers Mathilde and Candy.A huge thanks to all the […]

SUP Expedition along the Loire by Mathieu and Anthony

Anthony and Mathieu - 2 paddlers from the Cotentin area in France, Normandy - went down a section of the Loire River - Europe’s last remaining wild river - in June 2018, in total autonomy between Chaumont-sur-Loire and Saumur (approx. 120km), eager to enjoy the athletic challenge but also to know more about the general […]

Our co-founder Séverine joining the Climate Reality Training in Berlin

Former US Vice President Al Gore and all his team from the Climate Reality Project were in Europe this June 2018 to offer a workshop on climate solutions, providing an opportunity for Séverine - co-founder of Watertrek - to widen her knowledge. More than 700 people from all over the world met in the Hotel […]
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