In the remote forests of Suriname, ACT is collaborating with students from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), the Anton de Kom University (Suriname) and Suriname’s Institute for Natural resources to protect biodiversity in Trio and Wayana lands. Through this partnership, both students and ACT’s Indigenous Park Guards (IPGs) will gain important skills.
Art & Conservation: A Unique Meeting of Future Leaders of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
From May 13-15, 2015 in Colombia, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), the Organización Gonawindúa Tayrona (OGT) which represents the Kogi people, and renowned Colombian artist Pedro Ruiz collaborated on a workshop designed to teach children the value of their territory and of partnerships between communities.
Colombia’s Yunguillo Indigenous Reserve Quintupled in Size
On May 5, 2015, ACT and its indigenous partners celebrated a historic event for the Colombian indigenous movement. After 20 years of diligent work, the Yunguillo Indigenous Reserve—an area of extraordinary cultural and environmental importance—expands from 10,675 to 55,341 acres (more than 85 square miles). Read the press release to learn more about ACT’s work in this area, as well as why this territory is so critical.
ACT Participates in Suriname’s Annual Children’s Book Festival
In March, representatives from ACT and a team of indigenous people prepared a booth in the form of a traditional hut for the Children’s Book Festival in Suriname’s capital city, Paramaribo. ACT’s festival theme is “A Journey to South Suriname.”
For the occasion, ACT brought a Trio storyteller from the indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu whose knowledge of traditional medicine is renowned.
The Green Education Kit Arrives in Kwamalasamutu
On March 11, 2015, ACT’s Katia Delvoye delivered a green education kit to a public school in the remote Surinamese indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu. The kit contains lesson plans and their related materials, including books about nature and the environment in Suriname.
“It took a lot of effort to get these things to Kwamalasamutu,” Katia said. “In recent days, the airfield was closed due to heavy rain. But now the kit is finally there!”