ACT News

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.

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.

ACT-Suriname Begins Honey Harvesting Project

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bruce Hoffman, Manager for Field Projects of ACT Suriname, is working with the indigenous community of Kwamalasamutu on a project to raise and keep stingless forest bees (Meliponidae) and harvest their honey. This non-timber forest product is a potentially valuable source of sustainable income, and is both tasty and medicinal.

Participatory Mapping Work Begins With the Matawaai

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In February, Rudo Kemper (Amazon Conservation Team), Niradj Hanoeman (ADEK University student), and Keeng Koemoe (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.