News Releases

ACT and the Museum of the Caribbean Organize "Week of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta"

December 12, 2016

From November 24 to December 1, 2016 the Week of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta took place in the Museum of the Caribbean in Barranquilla, Colombia. The event was organized by The Amazon Conservation Team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Caribbean Cultural Park, to raise awareness on the importance of this unique ecosystem and the rights of its indigenous peoples.

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Sarayaku People’s Struggle for Justice in Ecuador Presented in Interactive Digital Map

November 23, 2016

ACT partners with the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Ecuadorian indigenous community of Sarayaku to tell the story of their struggle against petroleum exploitation using online map-based storytelling tools, available both in English and Spanish.

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Words from President Juan Manuel Santos at the launch event in Colombia of the "Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes"

November 11, 2016

Words from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, delivered by Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, at…

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Illustrated Learning in Apetina, Suriname

October 25, 2016

In September and October 2016, The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) enabled the indigenous community of the rainforest village of Apetina to create six educational murals on the back walls of their local elementary school. Through these murals, ACT seeks to encourage additional local students to complete their village schooling.

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ACT launches map journal highlighting the Amazonian travels of Richard Evans Schultes

September 22, 2016

To celebrate the life and work of Dr. Schultes and the indigenous peoples he visited, the Amazon Conservation Team has developed a new online, interactive map journal that follows the father of modern ethnobotany through his amazing Amazonian explorations.

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ACT participates in the IV International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield in Georgetown, Guyana

August 16, 2016

In August 2016, ACT participated in the IV International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield in Georgetown, Guyana. ACT-Suriname staff gave a total of six presentations overall, and had a booth with materials for sale and display at the entrance of the conference.

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Introducing: Maps, Magic, and Medicine

August 15, 2016

As part of our 20th anniversary, we’re producing a podcast about the formative stories that have made ACT the unique conservation organization it is. Maps, Magic, and Medicine explores the importance of indigenous knowledge to protect the environment. Each month we bring you stories about the spiritual, the unexplained, and the unbelievable.

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Heirs of the Boa: traditional dances of the Murui-Muina people (video)

August 9, 2016

Herederos de la Boa is a short documentary film that highlights the cultural richness of the Murui-Muina people of the Puerto Sabalo – Los Monos indigenous reserve of the Colombian Amazon.

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Water, Wildlife and Hope: Rejuvenating a Kogi Sacred Site

July 21, 2016

After years of planning, designing, acquiring materials, developing infrastructure, laying and burying 1,200 meters of pipe, and testing water quality and functionality, the seemingly impossible was achieved.

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3000 Rivers: Voices in the Jungle by Victor Gama

June 17, 2016

‘3000 Rivers’ is a multimedia opera that reflects on the accelerated environmental destruction that occurs in the tropical forests of the Colombian and Brazilian Amazon, the Pacific Coast and the Andes Mountains. The piece is based on field work carried out in these ecosystems over the past four years and reveals the reality of the negative environmental and social impacts through the testimony of its inhabitants.

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