In digital defence of the Sarayaku community
by: Katie Dancey-Downs
Publication: Lush (April 2017)
In the Kichwa de Sarayaku community, technology and the natural world are joining forces to create a powerful coalition. Digital tools have become a weapon in the fight to protect the living forest which is home to this indigenous community, one of the oldest and most traditional settlements in Ecuador’s Amazon.
Designing and Implementing Virtual Data Collection Forms with Indigenous Communities in Suriname
by: Rudo Kemper
Publication: Global Forest Watch (March 2017)
In 2016, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) received funding from the Small Grants Fund of Global Forest Watch (GFW) to evaluate the drivers of deforestation in threatened Amazonian ecosystems by training local indigenous communities to use the necessary technologies to ground-truth GFW alerts and collect pertinent field data.
A digital map of the heart of the Amazon
by: Mateo Guerrero Guerrero
Publication: El Espectador (January 2017)
The Amazon Conservation Team produced a virtual tour documenting the legacy and journeys of the biologist Richard Evans Schultes in Colombia. The project celebrates the 20th anniversary of the organization.
Interactively Tracking Stolen Land in the Name of Oil
by: Rick Kearns
Publication: Indian Country Today (January 2017)
Kichwa activists in Ecuador have a new tool for showing the oil-related theft of their territory: an interactive digital story map
with details of how the land has been stolen — sold mostly to oil companies— and is still dangerous because of leftover explosives.