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Croatia’s threatened floodplains

River Danube

The River Danube flows through many European countries

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.

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Croatia’s threatened floodplains

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Vocabulary

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

to strengthen

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).

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