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The Healing Bees of the Amazon Forest

April 5, 2021
Stingless bee diversity of southern Suriname/northern Brazil

Ancient human societies were not the first to discover the power of plants for healing: for millions of years, bees have used botanical resin exudates—known as propolis—to control the proliferation of microorganisms in their nests. These Amazonian bees possess innate knowledge of medicinal plants. By collecting resin from different trees and plants, they produce one of the first medicine cocktail of animals’ societies, known as propolis. ACT has been strengthening the communities living in the Amazon forest in order to sustainably harvest this product.

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25 Years Ago: Why We Founded the Amazon Conservation Team

March 2, 2021

Liliana Madrigal, ACT co-founder, recounts what inspired her to leave the world of conventional environmental conservation and create a new and innovative conservation organization that works for and with the indigenous peoples of critical ecosystems in the Amazon.

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The House of the Sun: The Story of the Alto Fragua Indi Wasi National Park

February 23, 2021
Members of the Inga Tandachiridu Inganokuna indigenous association with traditional healers from the Andes-Amazon transition region of Colombia

An unprecedented story in global conservation processes. A story of the courage of the Inga people, almost two decades after the declaration of the creation of the Alto Fragua Indi Wasi protected area.

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For the first time, Colombian Constitutional Court rulings are being translated into indigenous languages

February 22, 2021
This initiative serves to highlight the importance and contributions of the indigenous population to the development of Colombian society.

The Amazon Conservation Team and the Colombian Constitutional Court have joined forces to culturally and idiomatically interpret the most significant rulings of the Colombian Constitutional Court with respect to the protection of the nation’s ethnic communities. In a first project phase, the partners and indigenous community members adapted these rulings to 26 of the nation’s 65 languages.

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¡EL SOL TIENE CASA! Historia del coraje del pueblo ingano, a casi dos décadas de cumplirse la declaratoria de la creación del área protegida Alto Fragua Indi Wasi

February 19, 2021

Una historia sin precedentes en los procesos de conservación en el mundo

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Por primera vez las sentencias más emblemáticas de la Corte Constitucional colombiana, en temas de defensa de las comunidades étnicas, se adaptan a lenguas indígenas

February 18, 2021

Por primera vez, se unen fuerzas para interpretar cultural e idiomáticamente las sentencias más emblemáticas de la Corte Constitucional colombiana, en temas de defensa de las comunidades étnicas. Amazon Conservation Team se alió con la Corte Constitucional para, en una primera etapa, trabajar con 26 lenguas de las 65 que tiene el país. Este esfuerzo plantea un precedente para la defensa de los derechos de los indígenas, su autodeterminación y gobernanza, además fortalece lo dictado por la Constitución Política de Colombia de 1991 y la sociedad pluralista que espera ser.

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Major Rainforest Conservation Success in Colombia

December 1, 2020

The Aduche Indigenous Reserve in the Colombian Amazon is Expanded, connecting it to the World’s Largest Rainforest Conservation Corridor  

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Renewable Energy and Community Resilience in Amazonia

November 30, 2020

As part of a partnership with the C.S. Mott Foundation, which has brought solar energy to nearly 5,500 people in some of the Amazon’s most remote communities, ACT was able to install more than 570 solar energy systems during the pandemic, a crucial resource due to the ongoing interruptions caused by Covid-19.

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Facing Food Insecurity on the Front Lines: Agroforestry Solutions in the Amazon Rainforest During the COVID-19 Crisis

November 23, 2020

As COVID-19 spread quickly in South America, rapidly transforming it into an epicenter of the pandemic and drastically affecting its economy, the number of people…

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Interview with Evandro Bernardi | Covid-19 Response

September 5, 2020

We sat down with ACT’s Evandro Bernardi for a firsthand look at how indigenous communties in the Brazilian Amazon are being impacted by the virus,…

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