Media Coverage

The Isolated Tribes

June 24, 2019

In the Amazon, for hundreds of years, two peoples have no contact with the rest of humanity: the Yuris and the Passés. There are indications of 18 other groups fleeing from rubber tappers, missionaries, miners, drug traffickers and guerrillas. Their survival depends on halting deforestation.

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Why are they persecuting us?

May 30, 2019

On this path of leadership, and as long as I can remember, I have experienced war. By: Waira Nina Jacanamijoy…

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30 Species of Animals Have Been Found and Filmed in the Río Puré National Park Using Camera Traps

March 13, 2019

Original article appears in El Espectador. Written by Redacción Medio Ambiente. This is the first time that this type of monitoring…

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Suriname community uses new open-source app to preserve storytelling traditions

December 13, 2018
Matawai boatsmen examining a map of their ancestral lands. Credit: Mirjam Gommers

The Matawai of Suriname, a community that once felt forgotten by the rest of the world, is breaking ground by…

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Breaking News: The Colombian Amazon Has the Same Rights as a Person

April 5, 2018

Colombia’s Supreme Court issued a historic ruling combating climate change in Latin America. According to the decision, the Amazon region is now subject to rights, similar to those assigned to the Atrato River, and the Presidency and regional entities must act urgently to protect it from deforestation.

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Storytelling empowers indigenous people to conserve their environments

November 27, 2017
Oral histories

Indigenous storytelling is a powerful tool for preserving biocultural diversity, says Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, an environmental researcher at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Having heard stories in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Kenya and Madagascar, he has now proposed that storytelling could transform how conservationists work with native peoples. The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) embodies this philosophy. ACT partners with South American indigenous communities to preserve rainforests and traditional culture.

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Why We Invested: The Amazon Conservation Team

September 22, 2017

When thinking about where and when to invest, we look closely at windows of opportunity, during which our engagement can…

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Modern maps through traditional skills

August 25, 2017

For generations, indigenous people will talk about ‘their’ Keeng Kumu. His passion and talent have increased in value, through the enhancement and addition of modern technology. His passion for drawing maps of indigenous areas was supplemented with targeted training and resulted in a professional knowledge exchange.

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In digital defence of the Sarayaku community

April 19, 2017

In the Kichwa de Sarayaku community, technology and the natural world are joining forces to create a powerful coalition. Digital tools have become a weapon in the fight to protect the living forest which is home to this indigenous community, one of the oldest and most traditional settlements in Ecuador’s Amazon.

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Designing and implementing virtual data collection forms with indigenous communities in Suriname

March 9, 2017

In 2016, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) received funding from the Small Grants Fund of Global Forest Watch (GFW) to evaluate the drivers of deforestation in threatened Amazonian ecosystems by training local indigenous communities to use the necessary technologies to ground-truth GFW alerts and collect pertinent field data.

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