Ressource: The Wild Moselle

The Wild Moselle - Water and Forests in the Moselle Valley: A Return to Natural Dynamics" is an educational resource in ecology proposed by Annik Schnitzler (University of Lorraine), Laurent Schmitt (University of Strasbourg), Gabrielle Thiébaut (University of Rennes 1), Jean-Michel Gobat (University of Neuchâtel), and Claire Arnold (University of Neuchâtel and Lausanne).

For about ten kilometres, the Moselle valley upstream of Nancy is one of the very few French alluvial valleys that benefits from flooding. For this reason, it benefits from several protection titles (Natura 2000, Regional Nature Reserve). An alluvial forest has been developing spontaneously along the river for several decades. Based on interviews with specialised researchers, this film develops some aspects of the geomorphological and ecological functionality of the valley, focusing on 3 main points:

  1. the links between river and biodiversity;
  2. the ecological services;
  3. the negative consequences of certain human activities.


This resource was awarded the European Medea Awards 2016 for the best use of media in higher education.

It is subtitled in English and is accessible for people with visual and hearing disabilities.

A co-production between the University of Lorraine and the Virtual University for Environment and Sustainable Development.

Financial support: Lorraine Regional Council / Rhine-Meuse Water Agency / Réseau Hubert Curien - CSTI Lorraine / Meurthe-et-Moselle General Council / Vosges General Council.


The impoverished Moselle - University of Lorraine - Vidéo - Canal-U