Protecting the forest 
Protecting the future

Conservation on the frontlines

Hand-in-hand with indigenous and other local people, we apply the power of innovation and time-tested traditional practices to protect the forests and watersheds of tropical America.

Accomplishments by the numbers


years in


million acres of indigenous reserve expansions and creation



We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Plotkin, ACT's Co-Founder and President, has been awarded the Harvard Extension School’s Shinagel Award for Public Service “in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the protection of the Amazon rainforest and the tribal communities within.”

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

Legalization of Indigenous Territories in Colombia

Advances in the Consolidation of Biocultural Corridors.

Experience Story Map

Keeng Kumu: Indigenous Cartographer

The life and travels of an indigenous mapping expert

Experience Story Map

The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes

Explore magical landscapes and indigenous cultures of the Amazon.

Experience Story Map

Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname

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

Experience Story Map

ACT President & Co-Founder Receives Humanitarian Award from Harvard Extension School

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEG09oaKuCU&feature=youtu.be (Arlington, VA, May 28) Harvard Extension School has presented the 2019 “Michael Shinagel Award for Service” to Dr. Mark ...
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Why are they persecuting us?

Original article appears in El Espectador On this path of leadership, and as long as I can remember, I have ...
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Training Children and Youth as Bird Watchers of the Amazon-Andes Transition Region

The kindi, or hummingbird, is a spiritual messenger who always has something to tell us when he is present; that ...
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