Our Approach

ACT achieves its conservation successes by working in true partnership with indigenous peoples of the Amazon to protect both their cultures and their ancestral lands—some of the largest tracts of both pristine and sustainably managed rainforest on the planet. Our work begins in the forest - with the people who actually live there - and then expands to the state, national, regional and international level.


The survival of the Amazon has great ramifications for life across the planet. A healthy and intact Amazon forest will help stabilize the climate patterns on which world economies and ecosystems depend, and will continue to serve as the planet's greatest storehouse of biodiversity, sheltering a vast array of species of potentially profound value to human health. The Amazon Conservation Team was formed to ensure that the invaluable resources and services provided by the Amazon may continue to exist for the benefit of future generations.


Modernity has brought with it swift and abrupt changes to the cultures of traditional indigenous communities, and has historically left a wake of both environmental and cultural destruction across the Amazon. ACT has observed that in the Amazon, environmental health is often proportional to the strength of indigenous culture. ACT's cultural programs, in tandem with its traditional medicine programs, work to remediate and counteract the effects of cultural degradation by cultivating and maintaining community cohesion.


ACT designs programs specifically to support the health of our indigenous partners because the degree to which our partners enjoy good health determines the level of their ability to sustain themselves and to conserve their lands and culture. ACT's healthcare promotion programs operate at two levels: we seek to provide access to healthcare in our remote partner communities, where such access has been limited; and we support culturally sensitive programs that preserve and promote the traditional medicinal knowledge that helps define indigenous identity and culture.