EU-Project: Restoration of River, Backwaters, and Floodplain Forests on the Middle Elbe

Backwaters are a typical feature of floodplains. They are formed by shifts in the river bed and sediment deposition. Since such shifts are no longer possible on the Elbe, due to its development as a shipping route, new backwaters can no longer form. Further, through successional processes, existing backwaters are slowly disappearing.
The Kliekener floodplain project area (in the District of Anhalt-Zerbst) is predominately used for agriculture. This area is to be transformed ecologically, through a series of restoration measures. The group of measures should work together synergistically: reconnection of the natural river channel, dredging of heavily-eutrophied backwater, and the conversion of surrounding agricultural land into forest.

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