In February, Rudo Kemper (Amazon Conservation Team), Niradj Hanoeman (ADEK University student), and Keng Koenoe (an indigenous cartographer from Kwamalasamutu) traveled to the upper Saramacca river in Suriname for one month to commence a two-year participatory mapping project with the Matawaai maroon people. They trained community members in the GPS technology required to map their own land from a local perspective. They also undertook their own data collection, recording Matawaai names for landscape features for more than 100 kilometers along the Saramacca and Tukumutu rivers. In the coming months, the Matawaai themselves will continue the mapping work, and Rudo, Niradj and Keng will return several times this year to conduct follow-up trainings and collect data.
ACT-Suriname Begins Honey Harvesting Project
In this photo, a Trio man in Suriname extracts honey from a beehive in a log. Bruce Hoffman, Manager for Field Projects of ACT Suriname, is working with the Trio community of Kwamalasamutu on a project to raise stingless forest bees (Meliponidae) and harvest their honey. This non-timber forest product is a valuable source of sustainable income, and is both tasty and medicinal. The practice of raising bees in bee boxes limits the impact on the species from honey hunters and allows the community to slowly increase the quantity of honey produced by splitting the boxes.
ACT GIS team travels to Belem, Brazil for deforestation analysis training
This January, ACT’s GIS (geographic information systems) team composed of Brian Hettler, Santiago Palacios, and Rudo Kemper traveled to Belem, Brazil to follow a week-long training on cutting edge remote sensing technologies. The training was conducted by Carlos Souza, Jr. and João Siguera from Imazon, one of our Skoll Foundation partners and a leading authority on deforestation in the Amazon region. Our team learned to use the ImgTools software developed by Imazon, along with other software to create nuanced forest cover maps for our programs in the Northwest and Northeast Amazon.
Meet ACT’s Newest Corporate Sponsors
Several corporations around the United States recently began supporting ACT with generous in-kind donations. Our field staff now sport KEEN shoes, sleep in Eagle’s Nest Outfitters’ hammocks and use Rite in the Rain all-weather notebooks. We are working to increase these partnerships to supply our colleagues with the equipment they need to be safe and effective in their fieldwork. To see the full list of ACT’s corporate sponsors, click here.
Now available: limited edition Kogi tote bag created exclusively for ACT
Donate $500 today to receive a limited edition tote bag created exclusively for ACT. This tote, illustrated and designed by award-winning author and illustrator Janell Cannon, features an image of Kogi Mamo Shibulata. Cannon collaborated with the Kogi people on the drawing, which illustrates environmental dilemmas that challenge the Kogi, as well as the entire world.