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The life and travels of an indigenous mapping expert

August 14, 2017

The Amazon Conservation Team relies on our indigenous partners to accomplish the work of protecting South America’s forests. See how the mapping of ancestral lands in collaboration with indigenous people is central to our conservation work, in our latest interactive story map.

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The Heart of the Amazon Has Nearly Been Rescued

July 19, 2017

With the expansions of two indigenous reserves, the Chiribiquete National Park and the Predio Putumayo indigenous reserve have been connected. Together, they total 10 million hectares.

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Better Protection for Chiribiquete, Northwest Amazon’s Most Important Protected Area

July 13, 2017

On July 12, 2017, the Colombian National Land Agency approved the expansions of the Puerto Sábalo Los Monos Indigenous Reserve by 413,110 hectares and of the Monochoa Indigenous Reserve by 154,790 hectares. The twin expansions effectively connect the largest national park in the country, the Chiribiquete National Park, with the largest reserve, the Predio Putumayo Indigenous Reserve, creating a vast conservation corridor in the Amazon region linking near 10 million hectares of protected lands.

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ACA and ACT launch forest monitoring initiative in Colombia

July 5, 2017

This report has two objectives: 1) Illustrate the major deforestation hotspots in the Colombian Amazon between 2001 and 2015 and 2) Focus in on one of the most important hotspots, located in the Caquetá department.

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A Sweet Future for Southern Suriname (video)

June 2, 2017

Last year, in the rainforests of Suriname, ACT commenced a sustainable stingless beekeeping initiative with indigenous and Maroon communities. Through this project, ACT is promoting sustainable and organic honey harvesting, preserving the forest habitat of bees, strengthening traditional knowledge and enhancing alternative livelihood opportunities in remote communities.

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UNDP Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Project co-funds Renewable Solar Energy Project in Suriname

May 2, 2017

The Amazon Conservation Team Suriname (ACT-S) is helping local community members Ms. Aparaka and Ms. Nantawi bring Solar Energy to their village of Tepu, Suriname. The Amazon Conservation Team, a local non-government organisation, has just signed a grant agreement to receive $50,000 to support the installation of solar panels in 50 homes in the community.

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ACT Board Member Dr. Thomas Lovejoy Named President of the US branch of IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)

April 18, 2017

The Board of Directors of the International Union for Conservation of Nature—United States (IUCN-US) voted ACT Board Member Thomas E. Lovejoy its new president at their March 24, 2017, Board Meeting. Lovejoy assumes the post previously held by John G. Robinson, Chief Conservation Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society.

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A Taste of Honey: Stingless Bee Breeding Commences in Kwamalasamutu

March 31, 2017

In Suriname, ACT has sought to identify alternative sustainable livelihoods to strengthen the income of indigenous and semi-indigenous families living in the Amazon forest. A recent path of interest to both the Trio and Maroon villages and ACT has been the introduction of honey produced by native stingless bees.

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Last of the Isolated: Houses and a History for Surviving Elders of the Amazon

February 28, 2017

Komuyaroke, Káemaña and Rugáña are the last surviving members of a previously isolated division of the northwest Amazon’s Murui-Muina tribe. Neglect had left them homeless and in precarious living and health conditions. In 2016, ACT responded by building them homes

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Mark Plotkin: Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rainforest | Bioneers 2016

January 19, 2017

ACT President Mark Plotkin depicts ACT’s work partnering with over 30 South American tribes, including the Kogi, to map, manage and protect over 70 million acres of ancestral forests. He describes collaboration with elder healers to develop and implement successful “Shamans and Apprentices” programs to transmit sacred healing information down through generations within the tribes themselves.

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