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

Ancestral Tides is an ACT special initiative to protect coastal ecosystems and sea turtles by connecting indigenous-led conservation efforts and revitalizing associated indigenous knowledge. For over 25 years, ACT has partnered with indigenous peoples in the Amazon to co-create novel and holistic conservation projects. During this time, we have also selectively worked by invitation with a handful of indigenous peoples outside of the Amazon. In the last two years, through natural geographic expansion and direct requests from indigenous communities to jointly protect sea turtle habitats, Ancestral Tides was born.

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

When you invest in us, you are helping to protect the forest and its guardians. Together we can work to save the Amazon, an invaluable resource that we all need to survive.