Mission: The mission of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is to work in partnership with indigenous people to conserve biodiversity, improve human and ecosystem health, and fortify traditional culture in tropical America.
Results: Over recent years, ACT and its indigenous partners have:
• Mapped and surveyed over 70 million acres of ancestral Amazon forests
• Support over 100 traditional shamans (healers) and their apprentices
• Established the first network of Amazonian female shamans
• Designed and implementation the first Amazonian indigenous park ranger training programs
• Established over 50 community gardens and over 1,000 acres of sustainable agriculture containing nearly 800 traditional crops
• Launched the Isolated Tribes Initiative to protect both uncontacted Indians and their forests
• Established a highly successful Shamans and Apprentices Clinics in the northeast Amazon
Target demographics: Preserve the world's largest rainforest and the indigenous people who call it home. To mitigate global warming, it is critical to focus on preventing tropical deforestation in the Amazon.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Protect isolated tribes of the Amazon with research that resulted in important new legislation protecting these tribes who have chosen to remain uncontacted. This work established a new awareness about the importance of the forests these groups inhabit. The critical importance of safeguarding these forests is reflected is the Colombian Government's commitment to expand the borders of Chiribiquete National Park to 10,734 square miles, larger than the size of the state of Massachusetts.
Geographic areas served: Northwest and Northeast Amazon
Programs: Collaboration with local communities ensures the lasting protection of biodiversity and traditional culture of the rainforest. Support for the Yachaikury Ethno-Education School allows students to learn first-hand the sustainable farming techniques that allow them to grown their own food, contribute to the food resources of surrounding communities, and provide an economic base. ACT is now financing and advising an effort to strengthen the school's infrastructure, including the construction of climate-controlled classrooms and new dormitories. Other programs include sponsorship of indigenous park guard programs and incorporation of indigenous park guards into the governmental park protection systems. In Suriname, ACT provides training for a group of indigenous women engaged in a sustainable income generation project focusing on pepper merchandising. In partnering with indigenous people, ACT programs protect one of our most valuable resources, the Amazon rainforest.
For centuries, the indigenous people of the rainforest have lived sustainably with their environment. ACT helps them preserve and continue to pass down their traditional ways, and encourages the preservation of the rainforest. By mapping the rainforest, ACT helps the tribes defend their territory, a very unique approach.
An exceptionally lean non-profit organization, ACT packs a powerful punch in rainforest conservation empowering indigenous partners to ensure legal protection for their territories and rainforest ecosystems. I highly recommend investing both time and resources in ACT.
The Amazon Conservation team does stellar work for a great cause. Truly admirable that they are able to work alongside the indigenous communities to find effective means to conserve the Amazon's precious beauty and resources. To my knowledge, no other organization does this and instead merely pours funding into to minimally planned projects (of course, with the best intentions).
Time and again, the Amazon Conservation Team has shown dedication to conservation not only because of its practical applications and implications, but because they truly believe that everyone bears responsibility for the well-being of the natural world. The team works on the ground and partners directly with the indigenous tribes to accomplish so much with a lean, effective, proven methodology, and it continues to establish unprecedented milestones for the preservation of the world's largest rainforest.
In their words, "the Amazon Conservation Team seeks to steadily increase the number of indigenous peoples in Amazonia able to monitor, sustainably manage, and protect their traditional forestlands." In my experience, the team's commitment to and passion for their mission is second to none. Check them out and get involved at http://www.amazonteam.org/.
What I love the most about ACT is the passion that every single member of that nonprofit puts into their work, genuinely committed with their main goal of helping indigenous people to preserve their environment. By doing this, ACT members acknowledge the importance of conservation and the impact that protecting Indigenous forestland has at a global level. As a biologist, I am deeply concerned about biodiversity and knowing that this endanger world counts with a group as ACT makes me have hope for a better future.
I love the work that ACT does to protect our global environment and natural resources. At the rate that deforestation is taking place, we depend on organizations such as these to go to bat to preserve nature's beauty