ACT Suriname: Highlights from 2014

This video, created by ACT Suriname, highlights our efforts in the northeastern Amazon--including our work with indigenous park guards, ethnographic mapping, ethnoeducation and sustainable livelihood projects.

Now live on NPR: ACT President Mark Plotkin's TED Radio Hour interview

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.

Also on TED: Mark Plotkin: "What the people of the Amazon know... but you do not" (TEDGlobal Nov 2014, TED talk of the week)

ACT Field Notes

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

In Suriname’s rainforest interior, ACT’s joint project with the University of Utrecht encompasses inventories of a wide variety of species, including mushrooms—or “koropi” as they are known in t

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Monday, August 31, 2015

It is 6 a.m. when the students wake up to the drip, drip, drip of water falling from nearby trees. It rained heavily throughout the night.

By: Steven Leeflang
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Field work in Suriname comes at a hefty price—more than 60 percent of ACT-Suriname’s budget goes toward chartered flights to the country’s interior.

ACT in the Press

By: Fariel Menso
Publication: De Ware Tijd (September 2015)

PARAMARIBO - Dorpelingen van het inheemsendorp Pelulu Tepu leven al ruim vijftien jaar zonder energie. De lichtmotor is buiten gebruik door problemen met de aanvoer van brandstof. De 51-jarige Ana Nantawi en de 44-jarige Ketura Aparaka willen de situatie veranderen.

By: Apoorva Joshi
Publication: Mongabay (July 2015)

A landmark achievement was celebrated in southwest Colombia in May when the Colombian Institute for Rural Development approved the expansion of the Inga people’s Yunguillo Indigenous Reserve. ACT helped facilitate the expansion along with the Inga community, INCODER, and regional indigenous organizations.

By: Alison Gilbert
Publication: (June 2015)

In a beautiful new 2-minute film, ethnobotanist and Amazon Conservation Team co-founder Mark Plotkin explains the interconnectivity between many of today’s greatest global challenges and the Amazon rainforest.