Development of a floodplain biotope network on the Lower Middle Elbe
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Federal Program for National Biodiversity
Trägerverbund Burg Lenzen e.V ., Technische Universität Berlin, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, Biosphärenreservat Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg, Biosphärenreservat Niedersächsische Elbtal, Biosphärenreservat Mittlere Elbe
As a sub-project of the enterprise “floodplain development and floodplain network along the Lower Middle Elbe”, the WWF-Floodplain Institute is developing a concept of biotype networks for the Elbe regions from Wittenberge to Dömitz in the UNESCO-biosphere reservoir River Landscape Elbe (Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt) in line with the Federal Program for National Biodiversity. Based on the description of the reference state, a variety of scenarios are developed, which serve as input data for an evaluation of relevant ecosystem services for a range of landscape developments by the Technical University (TU) Berlin. The scenarios include intensification as well as alleviation of landscape utilization, the latter aiming for the benefit of floodplain-typical biodiversity or particular floodplain-formative processes in a further scenario, respectively.
In the evaluation of the scenarios, a large-scale exemplary floodplain biotype network concept is developed and substantiated with leading project.