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VNR: The Morava: rebirth of a river

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The wetlands of Morava are witnessing a rebirth. This site lies on the border between Lower Austria and Slovakia. In fact, the Morava valley (or the March) suffered at the hands of man during the 50sand 60s, when the slow and winding course of the river was canalised and straightened out. This meant that the surrounding plain, that had been liable to flooding, was no longer flooded. The meanders with their rich deposits of alluviums were abandoned. The riverbanks were lined with stones. Thus upsetting the natural balance. The rich local bio-diversity, characteristic of European wetlands, was under threat. A rehabilitation project, financed by the European Commission's Life-Nature programme was set up to restore the natural balance. The aim is to make this place one of the sites within the European network of protected natural areas, "Natura 2000".

Type: VNR   Reference: I-037337   Date: 01/08/2001   Duration: 09:21
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