The pandemic is hitting indigenous communities of the Amazon from all sides. They are in dire need of support to ward off the virus and save human lives right now, and to protect their cultures and forests from mounting ecological threats and economic pressures.
ACT is continuing to scale our efforts to support communities in tackling this critical issue from within in alliance with local organizations and government agencies. In areas where aid is simply not available or public services lack the capacity or will to independently reach communities in need, our work has been indispensable.Read More
In the following report, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) highlights some of its on-the-ground efforts in response to the two tragedies that have defined the last year in the Amazon: the fires of 2019, and the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. To view the report, please click on the image:Read More
The pandemic is still sweeping through the Amazon, showing how exposed this seemingly impermeable forest can be. Indigenous and traditional communities of the rainforest are in dire need of support.
ACT continues to band together with civil society and governments in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and Suriname to mitigate and manage the crisis locally. Our partners span universities, public health departments, volunteer air patrols, health NGOs, indigenous organizations, ACT-trained Amazon Conservation Rangers, and more.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Amazonia, indigenous and local communities are some of the most vulnerable.
While we have had to leave our offices and field locations and pause many of our projects, we have strategically pivoted to address communities’ most pressing needs in the face of the current global health crisis.
This is how we have reshaped our current priorities in response to COVID-19Read More
By: Isidoro Hazbun Original article in Spanish in El Heraldo / Opinion More than 60% of human infectious diseases are caused by pathogens shared with wild or domestic animals. Some of these diseases have only recently emerged due to deforestation. Many zoonoses, animal-related diseases that can incidentally be communicated to people, especially those caused by…Read More
Along the northeastern coast of Colombia, the Kogi indigenous people people have been working to restore their traitional sacred site of Jaba Tañiwashkaka.Read More
For many communities across the world, like the indigenous communities of the Americas, oral history storytelling is a cultural tradition imbued with traditional knowledge and associated with practices and values essential to developing personal identity. In many cases expressed primarily in oral form, oral histories are passed down from generation to generation, and can be…Read More
When I was growing up in New Orleans in the sixties and early seventies, the airing of environmental documentaries like the National Geographic Specials brought my entire family around the television, despite our tiny, black-and-white screen. Today, we have not only hundreds and hundreds of channels, but seemingly innumerable ways to watch, listen and learn.…Read More