Quick Overview of TWP’s International Program

Looking for more info about what we do?  Visit www.treeswaterpeople.org to learn more about our international work and how you can help!

Don’t Miss TWP on CNBC’s Responsible Business Television

Trees, Water & People will be featured on CNBC’s Responsible Business Television on October 2nd at 4pm EST (2pm Mtn. time).  The broadcast will highlight TWP’s work in Central America, where we run reforestation and fuel-efficient stove projects.  Please tune-in and share with your friends!

Responsible Business Television: Episode One Broadcast Times


1st Broadcast 02 OCT 2010 17:30 SIN/HK Time

2nd Broadcast 03 OCT 2010

09:30 SIN/HK Time

CNBC Europe

1st Broadcast 02 OCT 2010 08:30 CET

2nd Broadcast 02 OCT 2010 13:30 CET


02 OCT 2010 16:00 EST

Stuart Conway Visits NYC for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Official Launch

Stuart Conway helps build a fuel-efficient Justa stove in Tiquisate, Guatemala.

Stuart Conway, Trees, Water and People’s co-founder and International Director, will be attending the public launch of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves today in New York City.  The event will celebrate the recent announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. has committed $51 million in seed money over five years for the new project.

According to the United Nations and the World Health Organization, smoke from indoor air pollution kills 1.9 million women and children each year and contributes to global climate change from soot emission and deforestation.  The goal of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is to bring 100 million fuel-efficient, clean-burning cookstoves to Africa, Asia, and South America by 2020.  Alliance partners include: Morgan Stanley, Shell Foundation, UN-Energy, UN Environment Programme, United Nations Foundation, World Health Organization, U.S. Dept. of State, and U.S. EPA.

Stuart Conway, winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and the UNEP Sasakawa Prize, has been at the forefront of the clean cookstove industry since 1998, when he co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP).  In partnership with the Aprovecho Research Center, TWP has developed several types of fuel-efficient stoves that use 70% less wood than traditional open fire stoves and reduce indoor carbon monoxide and particulate matter by up to 80%.

TWP uses a community-based approach to sustainable development because we believe natural resources are best protected when local people take an active role in their care and management; community members must be collaborators and not just recipients.  Our stove programs have remained successful because we train local people how to build, use, and maintain stoves themselves using local materials and culturally appropriate design.  To date, TWP and our local partners have built more than 42,000 fuel-efficient stoves in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti.

For more information about our Fuel-Efficient Stoves and Reforestation Programs click here.

United Nations Foundation announces new Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Initiative

A woman cooks tortillas on her forest-saving, fuel-efficient Justa stove in El Salvador. TWP's stoves reduce fuel-wood consumption by 70% and indoor air pollution by 80%, greatly reducing deforestation and health problems.

The United Nations Foundation has recently launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a new initiative “supporting large-scale adoption of clean and safe household cooking solutions as a way to save lives, improve livelihoods, and reduce climate change emissions.”  The Alliance has set a goal of enabling an additional 100 million homes to acquire clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.

To overcome the current market barriers hampering the widespread use of clean cookstoves in the developing world, the Alliance will partner with public and private stakeholders from around the world.  The goals of the Alliance include developing standards for cleaner stoves, increasing public and policymaker awareness of the health and environmental benefits of improved stove technologies, support of health and climate research, and reduction of trade barriers to help support market-based solutions, with the ultimate goal of developing a robust clean cookstoves industry.

The founding partners of the Alliance include the UN Foundation, the Shell Foundation, Morgan Stanley, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Germany Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, and UN-Energy.

Trees, Water & People and the Aprovecho Research Center have been developing forest-saving, fuel-efficient stove technology for over a decade.  To date, TWP and our local partners have built more than 42,000 fuel-efficient stoves in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti.  For more information about Trees, Water & People’s Fuel-Efficent Stove Program click here.

Haitian Awareness Panel at EventGallery 910Arts

MeMeMe- Photo by Ray Tollison and Lespwa Haiti

A surprising number of organizations with Colorado roots are working in Haiti to offer earthquake relief and improve the lives of the Haitian people. Six of those organizations will participate in a panel discussion at the EventGallery 910Arts, at 910 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, on Saturday, September 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Colorado Haiti Project; Lespwa Haiti; Renewal 4 Haiti; The Lambi Fund of Haiti; Trees, Water & People; and Wish 4 Haiti are represented on a panel designed to introduce Colorado organizations working in Haiti, bring awareness to their efforts and invite the public to get involved. This will be the kick-off event for an exhibition of Haitian art and culture scheduled in the EventGallery 910Arts for summer 2011.

A discussion of how earthquake relief work transitions into rebuilding in Haiti and creation of the model for long term sustainability is led by Paul Casey, Executive Director of Colorado Haiti Project; photographers Colby Brown and Ray Tollison from Lespwa Haiti; Jodel Charles, Haitian immigrant and founder of Renewal 4 Haiti; Godson Beaugelin, Community Outreach Coordinator of The Lambi Fund of Haiti; Sebastian Africano, Deputy International Director, and Claudia Menendez, International Program Consultant, from Trees, Water & People; and Leslie Christensen from Wish 4 Haiti. The panel will be moderated by Melissa Basta, a Peace Corp volunteer who has worked in Haiti. And, the Colorado Committee on Africa and the Caribbean is a co-sponsor of the event.

Committed to demonstrating how art can inspire change, the EventGallery 910Arts is a gallery space that often offers exhibitions with a social or environmental message. Located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, the EventGallery 910Arts and Gallery Gifts are housed within the creative community known as 910Arts. It is a complex of 17 artists’ studios and galleries, 8 live-work lofts and the Studio 6 Coffee House, anchored by a colorful open-air courtyard. The EventGallery 910Arts is a venue for meetings, parties, workshops and retreats and it hosts music, literary and film events. For more information, please visit www.910Arts.com.

Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Interviews TWP

The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) just published their monthly newsletter, with a full-length interview on page 7 from TWP’s Deputy International Director, Sebastian Africano, about our fuel-efficient stove program.  Enjoy!

Fuel-Efficient Stove Demo

In partnership with Aprovecho Research Center and StoveTec, Trees, Water & People has been distributing this fuel-efficient stove model in Haiti, bringing much needed cooking supplies to Internally Displaced Haitian families.  Check out this demonstration video and see how these amazing stoves work.