Trees, Water & People


Trees, Water & People (TWP) improves people's lives by helping communities protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. TWP's international projects revolve around the protection of forests and watersheds in Latin America. In conjunction with these efforts TWP introduces fuel-efficient, wood-burning cookstoves into communities where we work to reduce the demand of wood products from these forests. The resulting benefits include: 1) removal of toxic smoke from the kitchen resulting in cleaner, healthy kitchens; 2) less deforestation and 3) lowered family expenditures on fuel, resulting from lowered consumption. Click here to learn about TWP's work with stove commercialization in Honduras.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Stuart Conway
Secondary Contact
Mr. Sebastian Africano
Address 633 Remington St.
Fort Collins, CO
United States
Phone 1 970 484 3678
Fax 1 970 22 1726
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Currently, TWP has fuel-efficient stove initiatives underway in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Targeted populations include both urban and rural populations, and the socio-economic status of the communities range from extremely poor to lower middle class. The scale of TWP's initiatives also vary greatly from a single community to national and international partnerships.

Fuels/Technologies: Biomass
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Stoves testing, Project Management & Implementation,
Countries of Operation: El Salvador

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

TWP works with local women to adapt the new technology to local cooking habits, needs and desires.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

TWP is in the early stages of partnering with a number of different international and regional NGOs and government agencies to develop a micro-enterprise stove program in Haiti. Portions of TWP's stove programs in Honduras and Nicaragua are market based.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

All of TWP's stove projects are based on proven, standardized Rocket-stove design principles of clean combustion, insulation, greater heat transfer and use of chimneys for removal of toxic smoke and particles.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

TWP has done both Indoor Air Pollution Monitoring as well as fuel consumption monitoring on its stoves programs. A series of Controlled Cooking tests were conducted in Honduras in 2006/2007, and Kitchen Performance Tests were conducted in Honduras and Nicaragua later in 2007. Monitoring of particulates and CO has occurred several times over the past 5 years.

Relevant Publications or Studies

None noted

Our Contribution to the Partnership

TWP has partnered extensively with many international and regional NGOs to help promote and introduce fuel-efficient, safe cookstoves throughout Latin America. Beyond just introducing these stoves, TWP has helped sponsor research into both socio-economic and health related affects of these stoves on the users. In collaboration with other NGOs and governmental agencies, TWP will continue to help gather important information about improved cookstoves while also promoting these technologies throughout the region.