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The sad passing of Hernan Torres

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The sad passing of Hernan Torres

Dear Colleagues:

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that Hernán Torres passed away on 18 Feb 2017. Approximately one month ago, he was diagnosed with a cancer that his body could not resist. Thankfully, he passed away swiftly and with no pain, surrounded by his family.

Hernán worked tirelessly to serve the NBSAP community and his impact will live in the many peer reviews he provided behind the scenes during the most recent NBSAP revision process. He worked with many people, nonprofits, multilateral organizations and governments around the world. Hernán held a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, both in the United States. He was Regional Director for CONAF (1974-1981 and 1984-1985); team leader for protected areas management plans at the CATIE, in Costa Rica (1986-1988); Protected Areas Specialist of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Region Department (1995-1998); and an accomplished international consultant in protected area planning and management, sustainable development, ecosystem services and biodiversity, working with multilateral agencies, such as the UNDP, UNEP, World Bank and RAMSAR, and actively participating in IUCN initiatives and the NBSAP revision process until the end.

Hernán leaves behind a tremendous legacy and a void that will not easily be replaced. His family requests we always remember him with the vitality, happiness and adventurous spirit that characterized him. He is now exploring new worlds…

Condolences can be sent to his daughter, Marcella Torres, at