ACT News

In Honor of the Late Melinda C. “Mo” Maxfield

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014

After several years of failing health, our very dear, longtime friend and mentor Melinda C. “Mo” Maxfield passed away on January 9, 2014. We are profoundly grateful for Mo’s sage counsel and generous support dating nearly back to ACT’s inception, and will miss her company, kindness, and wisdom more than we can adequately express.

Julian Lennon Joins the ACT Advisory Board

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is pleased to announce that internationally-acclaimed musician and photographer Julian Lennon has agreed to join the ACT Advisory Board. Lennon is a long-time supporter of ACT, whose work he first learned of from his long-time friend (and fellow ACT Advisory Board Member) May Pang.

Saving Sacred Sites: First Victory in the Kogi Territory

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In December, 2012, the Kogi’s dream to protect Jaba Tañiwashkaka became a reality. The Colombian government designated the site as a National Cultural Monument, a new category of protection that can be declared for other sacred sites in the future.

Bruce Babbitt Speaks at ACT Event

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bruce Babbitt, who was Interior secretary during the Clinton administration and is an active conservationist, yesterday praised the work that the newspaper El Comercio has done in spreading the great environmental issues of concern, not only in our country but also throughout the world. Babbitt made that statement during a meeting of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), which took place in the capital of the United States and with the participation of renowned academics, politicians, and conservationists. ACT is chaired by Mark J. Plotkin, a leading ethnobotanist and expert on neotropical flora.

ACT Works With McGill University to Study Indigenous Agriculture and Diet

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

With funding from the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE) of Canada’s McGill University, as part of a larger study of the state of traditional nutrition systems across the globe, from 2004-2007, ACT conducted research with the Inga indigenous people of the Colombian Eastern Andean foothills region to assess the condition of the traditional basis of their agriculture, seedbanks and general diet.