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Amazon Conservation Team

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Environment, Forest Conservation, Geology, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Technology

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Of great interest to me is ACT's current work with isolated indigenous groups, particularly the Colombian Government's commitment to expand the borders of a national park (inhabited by such "uncontacted" tribes) to larger than the size of the state of Massachusetts.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Long-term progress in rainforest conservation requires cooperative partnerships based on mutual trust, and I support ACT as a Board Member because ACT honors and values the cultures of these communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an intense and highly innovative organization with powerful impact, ACT partners with the people who live in (and around) the rainforest to map, manage and protect the Amazon area, conserve its biodiversity and strengthen its peoples and their traditional cultures. Donor contributions go directly to the programs, which benefit environmental conservation and climate control, medicine, health & wellness, women's, educational and cultural issues.

Both small and large donations have an immediate and meaningful impact on a global scale and on individual people's lives. You can contribute to one issue or a multitude of global issues at once!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member for the last 7 years, I only have praise for the work that Amazon Conservation Team has been able to accomplish during the past 17 years. Its mission is to partner with and empower marginalized forest people in South America. ACT’s unique ability to help these indigenous people protect their rainforests, culture, ecological knowledge, and healing genius is recognized worldwide.