Photography of Ellen Ongena:

Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops. Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.

Ekobie is part of #TogetherForBiodiversity, a movement that is gaining momentum. It is completely new and even unique in the European Union,

75 organizations that deal with biodiversity in Belgium and their experts join forces within the # SamenVoorBiodiversiteit movement. No institutional or community gap. Universities and researchers, international NGOs, environmental associations, zoos, nature parks, museums and botanical gardens, municipalities and local actors, Walloon, Brussels, Flemish and federal governments have decided to join forces to respond to the urgency of the situation.

Ellen her second nature is... nature. As a child she observed and drew animals, she helped her father in the garden. Later she started photographing nature. Many years later she still observes and experiments in her own build ecosystem, her wild garden of Ekobie.

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