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In Memoriam: Daniel Matapí and Dr. Roberto Franco 

September 9, 2014

On September 6, 2014, ACT lost two wonderful and beloved ACT colleagues. Daniel Matapí served as a field coordinator for our work with indigenous groups of the Colombian Amazon, particularly with groups associated with his lineage, the Matapí, Yukuna, Nonuya, and Muinane of the lower Caquetá. He was born and raised in the Amazon, spoke four languages, and was equally adept at training western scientists, negotiating with tribal leaders, launching field programs, and hacking trails through the jungle. His unfailing good humor and indefatigable optimism will never be forgotten.​

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Indigenous Park Guard Program Expands in Suriname

May 8, 2014

ACT-trained indigenous park guards play a critical role in monitoring traditional lands, data gathering, and environmental education in South America’s most forested country. This month, 13 new recruits will begin training in the villages of Kwamalasamutu, Tepu, Apetina and Sipaliwini.

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Kogi People Inaugurate New Temples

May 8, 2014

In March, ACT’s Liliana Madrigal traveled with ACT board members to Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to participate in the christening of two new Kogi temples. The buildings were constructed on Jaba Tañiwashkaka, a sacred site that ACT worked to purchase in 2013 with Kogi leaders and the Colombian government. This land will now be forever protected from development.

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ACT Completes Detailed Map of Chiribiquete National Park

May 8, 2014

ACT cartographer Brian Hettler has spent over a year collecting all available information on the spactacular Chiribiquete national park. Starting with the initial map begun by Harvard explorer Hamilton Rice in 1907, Hettler has pored over Google Earth images, aerial photographs, and dusty maps in the Library of Congress, and has compiled the most detailed map of Chiribiquete yet assembled.

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Amazon Conservation Team and DigitalGlobe Form Innovative Partnership

March 19, 2014

The Amazon Conservation Team is pleased to announce a partnership with DigitalGlobe that will allow for the use of the world’s highest quality commercial satellite imagery to strengthen ACT’s community-based conservation efforts in the diverse ecosystems of the Amazon rainforest. DigitalGlobe’s advanced remote sensing capabilities and vast archive of high-resolution satellite imagery are invaluable tools for ACT’s conservation initiatives in Colombia and Suriname, which can encompass millions of hectares of forestlands.

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In Honor of the Late Melinda C. “Mo” Maxfield

February 7, 2014

After several years of failing health, our very dear, longtime friend and mentor Melinda C. “Mo” Maxfield passed away on…

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Julian Lennon Joins the ACT Advisory Board

January 28, 2014

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is pleased to announce that internationally-acclaimed musician and photographer Julian Lennon has agreed to join…

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Saving Sacred Sites: First Victory in the Kogi Territory

November 27, 2013

In December, 2012, the Kogi’s dream to protect Jaba Tañiwashkaka became a reality. The Colombian government designated the site as a National Cultural Monument, a new category of protection that can be declared for other sacred sites in the future.

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ACT Works With McGill University to Study Indigenous Agriculture and Diet

May 15, 2013

With funding from the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) of Canada’s McGill University, as part of a…

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Bruce Babbitt Speaks at ACT Event

May 15, 2013

Bruce Babbitt, who was Interior secretary during the Clinton administration and is an active conservationist, yesterday praised the work that the newspaper El Comercio has done in spreading the great environmental issues of concern, not only in our country but also throughout the world. Babbitt made that statement during a meeting of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), which took place in the capital of the United States and with the participation of renowned academics, politicians, and conservationists. ACT is chaired by Mark J. Plotkin, a leading ethnobotanist and expert on neotropical flora.

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