Our Core Values

ACT maintains a set of “core values” that guide the initiation and development of all programs and projects.

  • ACT believes that conservation is a moral and spiritual issue. We are dedicated to conservation not only because of its practical applications and implications, but because we believe that everyone bears responsibility for, and benefits because of, the well-being of the natural world.
  • ACT believes that its three overarching goals—to preserve the ecosystems of the Amazon, to strengthen the traditional cultures of the resident peoples of the Amazon, and to promote the health and well-being of those societies—are interdependent aspects of an integrated whole.
  • ACT believes that long-term progress in rainforest conservation requires cooperative partnerships based on mutual trust with local communities and organizations. ACT honors and values the cultures of the communities that we are privileged to call our partners.
  • ACT believes that the knowledge and practices of indigenous and other forest communities are important and useful for natural resource conservation. Moreover, we believe that combining traditional knowledge with modern science and technologies creates the local conditions for optimal long-term environmental solutions and positions those communities to be ideal stewards
  • ACT considers the role of traditional healer within Amazonian indigenous communities as essential, and deeply esteems the knowledge systems that have been handed down to successive generations of healers. Additionally, we believe that their knowledge is enriching to the western healthcare systems.
  • ACT supports and promotes the fundamental rights of indigenous and other tribal peoples as articulated in Convention #169 of the International Labor Organization (1989) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007). Additionally, ACT supports the development of equitable and fair mechanisms of benefit-sharing and prior informed consent following the United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity (1992).