ACT News

ACT Materials to Become Educational Tools in Surinamese Primary Schools

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Through generous funding from Nature’s Path and the Tico Torres Foundation, ACT created Junior Park Ranger manuals in partnership with our trained park guards. These booklets teach children about local flora and fauna, as well as basic principles of conservation.

Yachaikury Prepares for a Facelift

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yachaikury—the ACT-sponsored ethnoeducation school of the Inga people—may soon be funded by the government for its master architectural plan. By improving dormitories, classrooms and bathrooms, Yachaikury will become an even better place for children to live and learn.

ACT and the Kogi Purchase Second Sacred Site

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ACT raised funds to purchase a 70-acre property next to Jaba Taniwashkaka—the first Kogi coastal sacred site we acquired and protected in 2013, preventing its purchase by developers who had preliminary plans to build a large resort and marina there.

In Memoriam: Daniel Matapí and Dr. Roberto Franco 

Posted on Tuesday, 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.​

Indigenous Park Guard Program Expands in Suriname

Posted on Friday, August 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.