TWP National Director Awarded Fellowship

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Lacey Gaechter (center) with trainees at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Congratulations to Lacey Gaechter, TWP’s National Director, for being awarded a fellowship to the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University!

Through this fellowship, Lacey is helping create “green” livelihoods on Native American reservations in the United States, where there is often little hope for other employment options, especially those that honor Mother Earth.

With the help of Colorado State University’s College of Business, Lacey will expand this idea of developing tribal businesses to include creating a format and foundation for Trees, Water & People to act as an incubator for livelihoods in energy conservation.

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Sebastian Africano Receives Fellowship at the Center for Collaborative Conservation

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Sebastian Africano (center) visits with partners in Haiti to learn more about their reforestation efforts.

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).

Project Overview

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

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