Congratulations to International Director, Sebastian Africano, for being selected for the Collaborative Conservation Fellows Program! Sebastian will join 13 other fellows as part of the 4th cohort accepted by the Center for Collaborative Conservation, a program of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU).
Sebastian is working with Trees, Water & People’s partners in Haiti to help local farmers develop more sustainable sources of income by adding diverse, agro-forestry plantations to their current farming practices. This will reduce their reliance on charcoal production and restore forest cover on Haitian landscapes, a country with only 2 percent of natural forest remaining. This proof of concept project will set the stage for a model that can be widely replicated for the purpose of recovering and rehabilitating Haiti’s natural resources while developing sustainable livelihoods for rural smallholders throughout the country.
Sebastian will work with a host of CSU collaborators, including MBA students from the Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprise (GSSE) program, the Engines and Energy Conservation Laboratory (EECL), the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and the Anthropology Department. In addition, the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) and land owners and land users in Haiti will lend support and expertise to the project.
We look forward to sharing updates with you as this project progresses!
About the Center for Collaborative Conservation
The Center for Collaborative Conservation is a place where stakeholders can come together to collaboratively discuss, define, study and implement conservation practices to sustain both the earth’s ecosystems and the people who depend upon them. Learn more at https://www.collaborativeconservation.org/