National Geographic : 2000 Nov
EcU!ADOR: MARIA ELIZA MANTECA ONATE Destructive farming practices and the overexploitation of timber have destroyed over 90 percent of Ecuador's native forest, causing severe erosion and soil degra dation. Determined to protect the remnants of indigenous forests, while at the same time "We explain to farmers that by adopting sustainable agriculture, they will be able to dispense with chemicals an ldlead a more healthy life. " Maria Eliza Monteca Onate improving living standards for rural people, Maria Eliza Manteca Ofiate has established a nature reserve near her home village in the north of the country. She has also launched a successful education program, whereby adults and children learn sustainable farming tech niques at a model farm. - T.RoR.xAwx~ C...