The Amazon and Global Health – An Interview with Dr. Mark Plotkin

Renowned neurologist and best-selling author Dr. David Perlmutter interviews ACT President Mark Plotkin on his show The Empowering Neurologist. Plotkin discusses a variety of topics including shamanism, ethnobotany, his long-term work in the Northeast Amazon, the Amazon Conservation Team's recent activities. and how the intestinal flora of our indigenous colleagues could lead to a major rethink of how we cure and heal!

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.

Visit Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname »

ACT Field Notes

By: Isidoro Hazbun
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
With support from ACT, members of the Curare – Los Ingleses indigenous reserve participated in their second mapping/GPS training workshop, in order to strengthen the community’s conservation monitoring program that seeks to protect their territory and that of indigenous isolated peoples.
By: Isidoro Hazbun
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Representatives of indigenous and campesino communities from the Colombian Amazon, with support from ACT staff, participated last year in shared learning activities related to the sustainable management and use of native timber trees.
By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Anna Nantawi and Ketoera Aparaka—women from indigenous villages of the nation of Suriname’s remote rainforest interior—are two months into their solar engineering training at the Barefoot College campus in India.

ACT in the Press

By: Semana
Publication: Semana (December 2015)
On November 12, 2015, the 10,181 indigenous inhabitants of the Colombian department (state) of Caquetá compiled all of their needs and their historically violated rights in a single document. After three years of work in this region, a first comprehensive indigenous public policy was approved.
By: Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.
Publication: Huffington Post (December 2015)
"During a recent visit to rainforests of Suriname, I noticed that a particular problem is increasingly weighing on the minds of the Trio Indians of Kwamalasamutu village: some men are being seduced by the opportunity for pay in distant gold mining ventures, leaving the village for long periods of time and occasionally not returning at all."
By: Camila Tovar
Publication: ¡Pacifista! (December 2015)
Recently, a comprehensive indigenous public policy was officially signed by the government of Colombia’s Caquetá region. The policy—drafted by seven indigenous groups with technical assistance from ACT—will, for the first time, provide a platform for the indigenous communities to have a say in Caquetá’s future.