Media Coverage

Announcing the 2016 Recipients of the Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund

April 13, 2016

Global Forest Watch is proud to introduce this year’s 11 Small Grants Fund recipients. These organizations will join the distinguished cadre of 25 past grantees in using Global Forest Watch tools, data and knowledge to improve forest management, transparency and accountability around the world.

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Participatory Mapping in the Mobile Age

April 6, 2016

Open Data Kit helps the indigenous Kogi people map their land to empower stewardship of ancestral and ecologically important spaces in Colombia

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Traditional medicine clinics will be modernized

March 22, 2016

On Monday, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) has given the start sign for modernizing the traditional medicine clinics in the indigenous villages of Apetina and Tepu in the District Sipaliwini in the South of Suriname.

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Amazon Tribes Use Mapping Technologies to Empower Cultural Stewardship of Ancestral Lands

March 16, 2016

ACT is undertaking a significant upgrade to our field data collection efforts—and that of our community partners—by introducing Open Data Kit (ODK) smartphone and tablet data collection forms.

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National Geographic Explorer-Correspondent Mireya Mayor Joins Amazon Conservation Team

February 19, 2016

National Geographic explorer, anthropologist, and conservationist, Mireya Mayor, is joining the Amazon Conservation Team to help communicate news of vital…

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The government of Caquetá Focuses Resources on its Indigenous Communities

December 21, 2015

On November 12, 2015, the 10,181 indigenous inhabitants of the Colombian department (state) of Caquetá compiled all of their needs and their historically violated rights in a single document. After three years of work in this region, a first comprehensive indigenous public policy was approved.

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Pushing Back Against an Amazon Gold Rush: Maps Lead the Way

December 9, 2015

“During a recent visit to rainforests of Suriname, I noticed that a particular problem is increasingly weighing on the minds of the Trio Indians of Kwamalasamutu village: some men are being seduced by the opportunity for pay in distant gold mining ventures, leaving the village for long periods of time and occasionally not returning at all.”

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The Indigenous Peoples of Caquetá Put a Human Face on Politics

December 7, 2015

Recently, a comprehensive indigenous public policy was officially signed by the government of Colombia’s Caquetá region. The policy—drafted by seven indigenous groups with technical assistance from ACT—will, for the first time, provide a platform for the indigenous communities to have a say in Caquetá’s future.

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The Campaign of the Indigenous Peoples of Colombia’s Caquetá Region to Preserve their Culture

December 4, 2015

In the past several years, the indigenous peoples of the Colombian department of Caquetá have taken enormous steps forward in asserting their rights, creating a representative body and crafting a recently ratified indigenous public policy for the region. ACT guided and assisted the communities through these processes.

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Mark J. Plotkin on Protecting the Amazon's Remaining Isolated Peoples

November 12, 2015

The U.S. writer H.L. Mencken famously remarked, “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible and wrong.” The question of how to protect the Amazon’s isolated tribes certainly falls under this principle.

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