Smithsonian Magazine’s March 2013 cover story profiles ACT’s work to protect uncontacted and isolated indigenous groups and their rainforests. For the last three years, ACT has worked with the National Park Service of Colombia and local tribes to protect these vulnerable groups and guarantee their right to isolation in the Amazon’s most remote and intact forests. Our strategy (including on-the-ground monitoring alongside local tribes, satellite forest imaging and mapping, and research) focuses on protecting these rainforests against intruders.
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by: Alexa Ramírez
Publication: El Lider
"An agreement for 1.3 billion pesos to be disbursed from a special government royalty collection fund was signed yesterday between the Governor of Caquetá and indigenous communities in the department. The signing of this agreement is intended to support the organizational strengthening of at least 12 indigenous groups in the department, a process that will be led by the communities themselves, as related by Wairanina Jacanamejoy Mutumbajoy, coordinator of the Departmental Indigenous Council."
Publication: El Comercio
"Bruce Babbitt, who was Interior secretary during the Clinton administration and is an active conservationist, yesterday praised the work that the newspaper El Comercio has done in spreading the great environmental issues of concern, not only in our country but also throughout the world. Babbitt made that statement during a meeting of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), which took place in the capital of the United States and with the participation of renowned academics, politicians, and conservationists. ACT is chaired by Mark J. Plotkin, a leading ethnobotanist and expert on neotropical flora. "
by: Jeff Tollefson
"Ecologist Thomas Lovejoy tucks his trousers into his socks with a casual warning about chiggers and then hikes off into the Amazon jungle. Shaded by a tall canopy and dense with ferns and underbrush, the old-growth forest looks healthy, but Lovejoy knows better. Three decades ago, the surrounding forest was mowed down and torched as part of a research project, and the effects have spread like a cancer deep into the uncut area. Large trees have perished."
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