Ana Berliner is the President of the ATN (Associação Transumância e Natureza), a not-for-profit organization set up to own and manage the Faia Brava Nature Reserve, which is a private reserve in the Côa Valley region of Portugal. The reserve was started by Ana and her husband 20+ years ago with the purchase of 20 hectares of abandoned land. Ana is also the owner of the guesthouse in the small medieval town of Castelo Rodrigo. She is an inspiring person who is the centre of her community, working hard to save endangered species and bring economic development to this rural region of North Eastern Portugal.
We really enjoyed this relaxed conversation with Ana on location overlooking the beautiful Portuguese hills and valleys. We covered a bunch of topics including: how and why she started the Faia Brava Nature Reserve almost 20 years ago, rewilding in Europe and the species they’re helping to save from extinction, how Casa De Cisterna along with other ecotourism businesses in the Côa Valley region are conserving endangered species and how the ATN and Faia Brava work to build local economic development.
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