First Five-Country Biosphere Reserve of the World
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♦ The biosphere reserve covers seven hundred kilometres of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers and stretches across Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia.
♦ The complete vicinity of the reserve is a million hectares – in the so-called ‘Amazon of Europe’, which is now the greatest riverine included area in Europe.
♦ The biosphere “represented an essential contribution to the European Green Deal (climate motion plan) and contributed to the implementation of the European Union Biodiversity Strategy in the Mura-Drava-Danube region.”
♦ The strategy’s aim is to revitalise 25,000 km of rivers and guard 30% of the European Union’s land area through 2030.
♦ The vicinity is one of the richest in Europe in terms of species diversity. It is domesticated to floodplain forests, gravel and sand banks, river islands, oxbows and meadows.
♦ The place is home to the very best density in Europe of breeding pairs of white-tailed eagle & endangered species such as the little tern, black stork, otters, beavers and sturgeons. It is also an important stepping stone for extra than 2,50,000 migratory waterfowls each year.