ACT News

ACT Raises $35,000 for The Trio Indian Shaman’s Encyclopedia

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In May 2015, ACT President Dr. Mark Plotkin asked our supporters to donate to a unique project in honor of his 60th birthday.

The project—to create the Trio Indian Shaman’s Encyclopedia—is the capstone on the work Mark began with the Trio people more than 30 years ago and will serve as a guide for tribal peoples throughout the Amazon seeking to protect oral shamanic knowledge.

Actor and Environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. joins ACT Advisory Board

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Amazon Conservation Team welcomes actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. to its Advisory Board.

Though still widely beloved for his role in the television series St. Elsewhere, he has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. And so committed is he to the conservation cause that he has been called "the conscience of the environmental movement."

A New Partnership in Suriname

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

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

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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.