Chris and Rosie talk about a group of environmentalists in Croatia who are concerned about the future of one of the country's major rivers, the Danube.
This week's question: Which one of these rivers is the longest? Is it:
(a) The River Ganges, in India
(b) The River Yangtze, in China or
(c) The River Nile, in Egypt
Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.
Croatia’s threatened floodplains
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- to preserve
to maintain in unaltered condition
- a floodplain
a vast flat area bordering a river and subject to flooding
- a fish-spawning area
area where fish breed
- to reinforce
- a groyne
a type of wall from a riverbank
- to dry up
to become totally devoid of water or moisture
- an ecosystem
a particular environment where certain animals and plant life survive
- a biosphere reserve
This is a huge area in which the environment is protected. It is internationally recognized and chosen by the national government. They are established with the help of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).