It is often said that all living creatures have a role to play in the environment, whether they are animals or plants, enormous or microscopic. Biodiversity is Earth's greatest treasure, but is constantly at risk. According to the UN, one million species are or will be threatened with extinction in the upcoming decades. Tackling biodiversity decline is crucial to protecting the lives of humans and the entire nature surrounding us.
Graduated with a major in Architecture and with a master's degree in Management, she was a fashion stylist and worked in Digital Marketing, in a luxury product company, and in a pharmaceutical company. The documentary Cowspiracy and a conference on Zero Waste generated the first concerns with sustainability. She created the blog Do Zero and today seeks to live with the minimal ecological footprint possible.
Trained as a biologist at Lisbon University, he has been working as a biodiversity researcher for about three decades. He is currently the main researcher and director of CIBIO - Center for Research in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, as well as the holder of the EDP Biodiversity Chair.
Graduated in Biology from Porto University, he was a Biology professor for a decade and a half. From 2004 to 2007 he served as Director of Douro Internacional Nature Park. In 2009 he joined EDP, where he works as a biodiversity expert at the Sustainability Department.
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Marc Leiber works magic with his hands. He turns any piece of land he gets his hands on into a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops. That's what he did with five hectares of land at Freixo Estate, in Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo, which laid completely waste - a piece of land where perhaps no conventional farmer would try to grow seeds. That's how infertile it was. But not anymore. A year and a half ago, this 25-year-old German brought that piece of land back to life using a farming technique called syntropic or agroforestry. Today Marc is a happy man. He quit professional photography to embrace nature and restore its lost biodiversity. He climbs up trees like Tom Sawyer and talks about his project with the same glow in his eyes as when he eats one of his freshly picked strawberries. He knows that this is his life's project and he wants to go even further, taking his art to other lifeless lands. A wide range of agricultural species is growing side by side, and a new fauna has found an oasis in these reborn Alentejo plots. This is Marc's greatest joy and his contribution to biodiversity. What is your contribution?