It is with great sadness that we share the passing of one of TWP’s longtime reforestation partners in Central America, Nicaraguan colleague Francisco López. Francisco had supported TWP’s reforestation efforts since we began activities with Proleña in Nicaragua in 1998.
He was a founder and president of the San Benito Forest Replacement Association, where he worked with firewood haulers in his department to replant areas from which they had extracted firewood. At its height, the group had more than 136 firewood haulers as members of the association, and was instrumental in forging communications and regulations between firewood haulers and INAFOR, the National Institute of Forestry in Nicaragua.
Francisco was diagnosed with Leukemia over five years ago, and had been battling the disease bravely, never stopping operations at the tree nursery where his association produced hundreds of thousands of trees for Trees, Water & People. We will miss him dearly, and hope to continue honoring his legacy through his family.