Elbe-Brandenburg River Landscape Biosphere Reserve

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 686 biosphere reserves in 122 countries 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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Our vision

Together with many partners, we preserve and shape the region's shared natural and cultural heritage.

We are committed to preserving and improving the natural foundations of life as a home for all.

We stand for the idea of a UNESCO biosphere reserve as a model region for sustainable development.

We master the balancing act between ecology, economy and social justice by:

  • Finding solutions in fair discussion,

  • Realizing ideas together with committed partners,

  • Enabling knowledge transfer and development through joint learning.