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clockTime to watch: 07:58Posted on September 23, 2014

Maria Eliza Manteca Oñate

Rolex Laureate, 2000

Determined to protect the remnants of indigenous forests, while at the same time improving living standards for rural people, Maria Eliza Manteca Oñate has established a nature reserve near her home village in the north of Ecuador. She has also launched a successful education programme, whereby adults and children learn sustainable farming techniques at a model farm.

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