News Releases

Lands of Freedom: Preserving and Honoring the Heritage of the Matawai

October 9, 2020
Archival Matawai Maroon

The Matawai Maroons of Suriname—descendants of enslaved Africans who fled into the rainforest over 300 ago, where they have remained ever since— in partnership with ACT, are launching a new interactive Storytelling Map showcasing their centuries-old oral histories about their ancestral lands and culture.

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Our COVID-19 Response: Update

October 6, 2020
Boats delivering supplies in Medio Rio Caqueta

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.

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Official Statement: The Passing of Robinson López Descanse

August 22, 2020

With immense pain, we mourn the passing of our friend and colleague Robinson López Descanse, Climate Change Coordinator of COICA…

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Comunicado Oficial: fallecimiento de Robinson López Descanse

August 22, 2020

Con inmenso dolor lamentamos el fallecimiento de nuestro amigo y colega Robinson López Descanse, Coordinador de Cambio Climático de COICA…

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Countering Emerging Crises in the Amazon: Covid-19 & Fires

August 18, 2020

In the following report, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) highlights some of its on-the-ground efforts in response to the two…

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Comunicado Oficial: fallecimiento de Luis Hernando “Bufeo” Rivas Cubeo

August 7, 2020

Lamentamos profundamente el fallecimiento de Luis Hernando “Bufeo” Rivas Cubeo, cofundador de la comunidad indígena de Borikada en el Resguardo…

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Official Statement: The Passing of José de los Santos Sauna Limaco

August 6, 2020

We mourn the death today of our colleague and friend José de los Santos Sauna Limaco, governor of the Kogui – Malayo – Arhuaco Indigenous Reserve.

We honor the life of José de los Santos, his leadership, and his dedication to the protection of his Kogui people and the defense of the Linea Negra, a network of sacred sites of the four communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

We share this sad moment with his family, the Kogui people, and the indigenous peoples of Colombia.

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Comunicado Oficial: fallecimiento de José de los Santos Sauna Limaco

August 6, 2020

Lamentamos el fallecimiento en el día de hoy de nuestro compañero y amigo José de los Santos Sauna Limaco, Cabildo Gobernador del Resguardo indígena Kogui – Malayo – Arhuaco.

Honramos la vida de José de los Santos, su liderazgo y dedicación por la protección de su pueblo Kogui y la defensa de la Línea Negra, espacio sagrado de los 4 pueblos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Compartimos este momento triste con su familia, el pueblo kogui y los pueblos indígenas de Colombia.

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COVID-19 Response June, 2020

July 29, 2020
COVID-19 Repsonse, Vaupes, Colombia

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.

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COVID-19 Response May, 2020

June 12, 2020

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-19

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