At the New Oaks for Biosphere Reservation on the Middle Elbe project site.

At the New Oaks for Biosphere Reservation on the Middle Elbe project site.

Project Location:
Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Key Activities:

  • Planting 100 trees across an acre
  • Restoring wildlife habitat
  • Improving watershed health

Project Description:
Partnering with Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are helping to restore wildlife habitat and improve watershed health in Germany’s protected Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve.

Why This Project:

The Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve is home to many endangered wildlife species including the white-tailed eagle — a national symbol of Germany — and is also one of the largest, continuous hardwood riparian forests in Central Europe. The keystone species for this area is the endangered Quercus robur, commonly known as an English, pedunculate or French oak, which is suffering from age and a drier climate. This project is designed to rejuvenate endangered oak in the area.

Why a Biosphere Reserve:
Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are 621 biosphere reserves in 117 countries around the world. These sites are designed to promote a balance of sustainable development and conservation of biological and cultural diversity. As part of this goal, biosphere reserves like Middle Elbe protect species diversity while developing sustainable land use practices and models. The Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve is particularly concerned with protecting the Central European river valley and the area’s large, complex floodplain.