Forest Humor from our Co-Founder

Mark Plotkin - "Ethnobotanists Don't Read Science Fiction," an excerpt from a talk given at the 2016 National Bioneers Conference. Watch the full talk titled "Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rainforest" here: link

 

Maps, Magic, and Medicine Episode 4: Knowledge for Protection - Safeguarding Isolated Indigenous Tribes

Deep in the Amazon, there are groups that have made the decision to isolate themselves from the outside world. These isolated or uncontacted groups live under constant threat of incursion from mining, development, and illegal activity. On the final episode of this series, we'll explore the reason why these groups fled into the rainforest, how to protect isolated groups without contacting them, and the late Colombian historian who proved the existence of isolated groups in Colombia.

Listen to the latest episode of Maps Magic & Medicine, a serialized audio-doc from the Amazon, here.

 

Kwamalasamutu - In Pursuit of Human Wellbeing

ACT is pleased to share Kwamalasamutu - In Pursuit of Human Wellbeing, a short documentary film that highlights nearly two years of participatory research in the Trio indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu, Suriname conducted by ACT-trained indigenous Amazon Conservation Rangers together with students from the University of Utrecht and local partners, such as the Center for Agricultural Research in Suriname, Suriname’s National Herbarium, as well as Suriname’s National Forest Management Agency and its Nature Conservation Division.

Through the project, student and indigenous researchers analyzed biomass and carbon provision of forest plots, calculated from measured trees and soil samplings. The project also supported the measurement of tasi (a palm species whose leaves are frequently used by villagers as roofing materials), which should lead to the drafting of harvesting guidelines for the community. An inventory of common macro-fungi and fungi-like bromeliads (epiphytes) in the plots provided a picture of the current health of the forest and organic matter breakdown. In addition, wildlife recordings were conducted within a 5km and 10km radius from Kwamalasamutu. These measurements yielded long-term insights into the availability of protein for food security.

 

ACT Field Notes

By: Liliana Madrigal, co-founder of ACT
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
In 1987, my friend Dr. Rob Peters and I were having dinner somewhere in Woodley Park on a temperate June evening. Although I had been involved in tropical forest conservation in Costa Rica, climate change was not a hot topic at the time. Rob, a biologist , began talking about his research. I remember his agitation at the fact that people were not paying attention to what he felt was a looming catastrophe for humanity: the rising temperature of our atmosphere.
By: ACT-Suriname
Date: Friday, June 24, 2016

In May 2016, Roché Bhola, one of ACT-Suriname's field station managers, traveled for several weeks to the Trio indigenous village of Sipaliwini together with Dr, Anthony Druiventak, geology professor at Anton de Kom University of Suriname and Joanne Perk, a student from the department of mine

By: Rudo Kemper
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
In 2015, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) began conducting participatory mapping fieldwork with the Matawai Maroons residing in ten villages along the upper Saramacca River of central Suriname. The process has been deeply enriching to all parties, with remarkable products.

ACT in the Press

By: Alex McAnarney
Publication: El Pais (December 2016)
Gracias a la utilización de mapas disponibles aquí—, la Corte IDH pudo ver con claridad el impacto provocado por la actitud pasiva del Estado a la hora de retirar la pentolita, como la sentencia así indica, y las nuevas concesiones que afectarán a Sarayaku.
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Publication: De Ware Tijd (December 2016)
Over the past two years, 25 “Amazon Conservation Rangers” of the Trio and Wayana indigenous communities of Suriname have been trained in sustainable management of the forest as a natural resource; the training has been conducted by the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) with partners.
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Publication: Waterkant (December 2016)

The preliminary results of the two-year project "Capacity building of strategic groups for the sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in Trio and Wayana living areas" were presented on Tuesday during a workshop at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Paramaribo, Suriname.