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“Leben im Hochwasser”

Florian Guthknecht, Doris Tromballa (Deutschland) - 43 min

Saturday, 15. Nov. 2008 from 08:00 in Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

Water is life, for without water nothing on earth can exist. But water can also mean death and destruction. When rivers flood their banks, then the element reveals its devastating power. Yet life in nature waits longingly each year for this event. In spring, when the snow melts and the first rainfalls cause the water level to rise, then life returns to the river. River banks and their forests are Europe’s last jungles – and actually a perfect protection against the devastating floods that people fear so much. But only a small fraction of the rivers in Europe still has natural flood-plain woods. Straightened, dammed and dyked – man has tried to tame the rivers and use them for his own purposes. But water cannot be locked in. The documentary shows how the rivers are now reclaiming their rightful place in the landscape, how skilfully the animals cope with the floods and how humans could learn from the cleverness of nature.