Grantee Profile

Amazon Conservation Team

Grants to Amazon Conservation Team

  • $1,200,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) protects South American rainforests by working in close partnership with indigenous peoples to devise and implement conservation strategies. With this grant, ACT advances the long-term conservation of 7.2 million hectares of rainforest by working with the Trio and Wayana indigenous communities to consolidate the South Suriname Conservation Corridor on their lands. In particular, ACT is strengthening on-the-ground monitoring and data collection, establishing sustainable income generation pilot projects, developing indigenous Life Plans, and formalizing the inclusion of indigenous guardians and local community monitoring efforts into the national game warden and carbon verification systems. Each of these efforts tests replicable methods for indigenous conservation of intact forests. This work explicitly complements the efforts of Conservation International in the South Suriname Conservation Corridor, demonstrating a model for effective indigenous conservation that can be replicated at scale.

  • $255,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — To manage and consolidate a bio-cultural corridor in the Colombian Amazon (over three years).

  • $250,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — In support of the establishment of a conservation corridor in southeastern Colombia (over three years).

  • $50,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — To develop an integrated strategy for biological and cultural conservation in the Colombian Andes.

  • $30,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)


    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — To develop regional strategies for harvesting Brazil nuts in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Amazon Conservation Team $1,785,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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