ACT News

ACT Participates in Suriname’s Annual Children’s Book Festival

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015

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

Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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!”

The ACT Rainforest Plant Guide for Children

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015

In March, ACT Education and Outreach Coordinator Katia Delvoye delivered ACT Suriname’s newest publication, “My Plants,” to public schools in Suriname’s interior. During her visit to the villages of Apetina and Kwamalasamutu, Katia distributed this second book in the Junior Park Ranger series and its accompanying poster and educational materials. The book covers the names and uses of local plants.

In the Junior Park Ranger books, Suriname’s national education curriculum is linked to Trio and Wayana culture. In this way, students learn required information about science and the natural world in a culturally accessible manner.

Meet ACT’s Newest Corporate Sponsors

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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.

ACT GIS team travels to Belem, Brazil for deforestation analysis training

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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.

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