Now live on NPR: ACT President Mark Plotkin's TED Radio Hour interview

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.

Also on TED: Mark Plotkin: "What the people of the Amazon know... but you do not" (TEDGlobal Nov 2014, TED talk of the week)

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: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Field work in Suriname comes at a hefty price—more than 60 percent of ACT-Suriname’s budget goes toward chartered flights to the country’s interior.

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kwamalasamutu awakens. The first sunrays break through the clouds and light on thatched roofs in the tiny Surinamese rainforest village. A few residents are already on their way to wash themselves in the river. Mist still hangs in the air.

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015

On February 11, 2015, the shaman Korotai Puumona escorted sixth-grade students from the public school in Kwamalasamutu into Suriname’s deep rainforest interior.

ACT in the Press

By: Apoorva Joshi
Publication: Mongabay (July 2015)

A landmark achievement was celebrated in southwest Colombia in May when the Colombian Institute for Rural Development approved the expansion of the Inga people’s Yunguillo Indigenous Reserve. ACT helped facilitate the expansion along with the Inga community, INCODER, and regional indigenous organizations.

By: Alison Gilbert
Publication: skollfoundation.org (June 2015)

In a beautiful new 2-minute film, ethnobotanist and Amazon Conservation Team co-founder Mark Plotkin explains the interconnectivity between many of today’s greatest global challenges and the Amazon rainforest.

By: Olga Cecilia Guerrero R.
Publication: Prensa Verde (May 2015)
Indígenas Inga lograron extender su territorio ancestral en 22 mil hectáreas. En 2013, recibieron la ayuda de Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), organización con sede en Virginia (Estados Unidos) que trabaja hace más de 20 años con indígenas en la Amazonia colombiana y en las cuencas de los ríos Caquetá y Putumayo.