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.

Now live: ACT President's TED talk titled "What the people of the Amazon know... but you do not"

16:35 minutes · Filmed Oct 2014 · Posted Nov 2014 · TEDGlobal 2014

"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.

ACT in the News

by: Matt McFarland
Publication: washingtonpost.com
"Here’s your choice. Get treated by U.S. doctors, or by a shaman deep in the Amazon rain forest. Seems like an easy decision, right? In his TED Talk, which you can watch above, ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin tells this story that might change the way you think."
by: Rhett A. Butler
Publication: mongabay.com
"Roberto Franco, a political scientist who worked with the Amazon Conservation Team-Colombia, died when the Piper PA-31 Navajo crashed after takeoff from Araracuara in the department of Caquetá. Daniel Matapi, an indigenous leader, also perished."
Mama Margarita, a Kamentsa medicine woman, holds the leaves of a frailejón plant that she uses to treat fever and migraines. Photo credit: Monika Wnuk
by: Megan Taylor Morrison (ACT) & Monika Wnuk
Publication: huffingtonpost.com
"In Sibundoy, the ancestral territory of the Kamentsa and Inga indigenous people, both the elders and lands that sustain traditional knowledge are disappearing. To keep pace with climate change, globalization and the region's mining development, local groups are banding together to record this information before it disappears."