Protecting the forest 
Protecting the future

Conservation on the frontlines

We collaborate with indigenous and other local communities to co-create and realize new methods of conservation that honor the interdependent relationship of the forest and its peoples — and protect both. 


Accomplishments by the numbers


years in


million acres of indigenous reserve expansions and creations


million acres under improved sustainable management

For Amazonian peoples, their territory is fundamental to physical well-being, cultural identity, and ancestral knowledge.  Working with our partner communities take back their territory is ACT’s central priority — a fight we call territorial justice. Territorial justice ensures that indigenous peoples not only have access to their land, but also guaranteed stewardship and decision-making over it — which consistently results in high rates of forest cover, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration. Territorial justice is not just a fight for the future of indigenous peoples, but for the well-being of the planet and our shared fate.    

Visit our collection of storytelling maps:

Learn more about the areas we work in, how we partner with local communities, and what we do to protect the rainforest.

Lands of Freedom

The oral history and cultural heritage of the Matawai Maroons in Suriname

Experience Story Map

The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes

Explore magical landscapes and indigenous cultures of the Amazon.

Experience Story Map

Legalization of Indigenous Territories in Colombia

Advances in the Consolidation of Biocultural Corridors.

Experience Story Map

Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname

Learn about impacts of Suriname's primary driver of deforestation.

Experience Story Map

Biocultural restoration at Jaba Tañiwashkaka 

A Kogui sacred site   Many know the Kogui indigenous people of Colombia for their worldview: the Sierra Nevada de Santa ...
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From logging to reforestation: how the peasant farmers of Colombia’s Bajo Caguán region changed

By María Fernanda Lizcano / March 13, 2023 Click here for original article in Spanish on Mongabay Haz clic aquí para leer ...
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