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Flood risk for farmer and dyke relocation

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The Biosphere Reserve Lower Saxonian Elbe Valley (Biosphärenreservat Niedersächsische Elbtalaue), which was created on the basis of an unanimous decision by the Lower Saxonian State Parliament in 2002, represents Lower Saxony’s contribution to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve ‘Flusslandschaft Elbe’ (Elbe River Landscape). It stretches for about 100 kilometres south-east of Hamburg and is devidedElbe.jpg into three zones (A, B and C) with varying naturalness.

The appearance of the Lower Saxonian Elbe Valley Biosphere Reserve is mainly determined by large scale agricultural usage and forestry operations. Woods, grasslands and arable land cover approximately equal areas.

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