ACT in the Press

Are you ready to delve into ACT's work across northern South America? In the stories below, you'll learn more about our projects, as well as meet some of our key partners, including indigenous leaders. Written by journalists at prominent publications, ACT staff or friends of our organization, these articles provide a glimpse into our myriad programs.

Amazon Tribes Use Mapping Technologies to Empower Cultural Stewardship of Ancestral Lands

by: Mireya Mayor, Ph.D.
Publication: National Geographic (March 2016)

ACT is undertaking a significant upgrade to our field data collection efforts—and that of our community partners—by introducing Open Data Kit (ODK) smartphone and tablet data collection forms.

National Geographic Explorer-Correspondent Mireya Mayor Joins Amazon Conservation Team

by: David Maxwell Braun
Publication: National Geographic (February 2016)
National Geographic explorer, anthropologist, and conservationist, Mireya Mayor, is joining the Amazon Conservation Team to help communicate news of vital projects and expand global awareness about the plight of the Amazon region, the nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving South Americ

The government of Caquetá Focuses Resources on its Indigenous Communities

by: Semana
Publication: Semana (December 2015)
On November 12, 2015, the 10,181 indigenous inhabitants of the Colombian department (state) of Caquetá compiled all of their needs and their historically violated rights in a single document. After three years of work in this region, a first comprehensive indigenous public policy was approved.

Pushing Back Against an Amazon Gold Rush: Maps Lead the Way

by: Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.
Publication: Huffington Post (December 2015)
"During a recent visit to rainforests of Suriname, I noticed that a particular problem is increasingly weighing on the minds of the Trio Indians of Kwamalasamutu village: some men are being seduced by the opportunity for pay in distant gold mining ventures, leaving the village for long periods of time and occasionally not returning at all."

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