Ricardo joined ITF in May 2020. Born in Mexico, his love for nature was passed on to him by his grandmother, who was a gifted tree grafter. He still recalls fondly the excitement of helping her in the orchard and planting his first tree with her. He has been working in environmental conservation and international development for several years, advocating for local communities to be at the centre of development and conservation efforts. Before joining the International Tree Foundation, Ricardo worked for five years as Programme Manager for a non-profit organisation based in the USA with environmental and development projects in Central America. Ricardo has published numerous scientific materials, peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, technical manuals, blog posts and even a soil conservation comic. He has been an active member of many international networks and has been a guest researcher and partner of EARTH University in the Renewable Energies and Circular Economy Laboratories.
My favourite tree – Kapok Tree (Ceiba pentandra).