New ACT web mapping initiative "Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname" published

Published on October 12, 2015.

Record high gold prices over the past decade have triggered a massive gold rush across Suriname and much of the Amazon basin, resulting in the destruction of thousands of hectares of rainforests and the contamination of major rivers with highly toxic materials.

To bring added awareness to the rapid expansion of gold mining in Suriname, we are pleased to announce the publication of a new ACT web mapping initiative titled "Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname".

In this interactive online map journal, we take full advantage of some of the latest technologies in digital storytelling and cartography to present a comprehensive and visually engaging overview of this complex conservation issue facing Suriname and the entire Amazon region. ​ ACT will continue to apply cutting-edge tools to help illuminate Amazonian environmental and social contexts and to enable stakeholders and decision-makers to make informed choices.

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ACT Suriname: Highlights from 2014

This video, created by ACT Suriname, highlights our efforts in the northeastern Amazon--including our work with indigenous park guards, ethnographic mapping, ethnoeducation and sustainable livelihood projects.

ACT Field Notes

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Travel to the villages of the remote rainforest interior of the country of Suriname is expensive and difficult, prohibitive even for most well-off residents of the nation’s capital city and certainly for young students.  Could the rainforest and its peoples perhaps meet the Paramaribo

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

In Suriname’s rainforest interior, ACT’s joint project with the University of Utrecht encompasses inventories of a wide variety of species, including mushrooms—or “koropi” as they are known in th

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Monday, August 31, 2015

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ACT in the Press

By: Mark J. Plotkin
Publication: Americas Quarterly (November 2015)

The U.S. writer H.L. Mencken famously remarked, “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible and wrong.” The question of how to protect the Amazon’s isolated tribes certainly falls under this principle.

By: Apoorva Joshi
Publication: (October 2015)

A newly released report published by the Amazon Conservation Team titled “Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname” explores the rapid expansion and impacts of gold mining in Suriname through cartography and digital storytelling.

By: La Nación
Publication: La Nación (October 2015)

In April 2012, through the first assembly of the indigenous communities of Caquetá, the Caquetá government took a historic step toward the formalization and recognition of the rights and culture of the indigenous communities of the region.