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Amazon Conservation Team: Mapping the Amazon
members of the Ipkeng tribe
My good friend Mark Plotkin, Ph.D. is President of the ACT and one of the world’s leading ethnobotanists. I met with him recently and he explained the amazing work that is being done by ACT, which connects policymakers and indigenous leaders, in order to share proven and replicable models for achieving local empowerment and partnering in global projects that recognize that traditional lives are sustainable lives.
As noted in the Amazon Conservation Team 2009 Annual Report, with acceleration of global climate change, investment in sustainable local models also makes economic sense. ACT is increasingly making use of technology to do so. For example, they have recently partnered with Google Earth Outreach to generate virtual tours of regions subject to deforestation. In this way, there can be quantification of cause and effect, and the success or failure of efforts to preserve forested areas.
photos courtesy of the ACT
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