Germany’s third-largest river, the Elbe, is one of the last remaining near-natural rivers in Central Europe. The UNESCO biosphere reserve of Elbe River Landscape comprises a total of 343,000 hectares (ca. 847,550 acres) along 400 kilometres (ca. 248 miles) of river through five German federal states.
It is part of a global network of 669 biosphere reserves that share the UNESCO ‘Man and biosphere’ (MAB) programme’s objective to protect and sustainably develop as an example historically formed cultural landscapes.
The section in Brandenburg extends along 70 kilometres (ca. 43.5 miles) of the Elbe, from the border with Saxony-Anhalt to shortly before the gates of Dömitz in Mecklenburg-West Pommerania. The Brandenburg Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve comprises about 53,000 hectares (ca. 131,000 acres).
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