Pressure Cooker: The Ever Shrinking Rainforest and Changing the Game

At Acaté, each person on our all-volunteer staff and board has experienced the profound majesty of the Amazon Rainforest. We also have had the privilege and honor to work alongside one of the least acculturated remaining tribal groups of the Amazon, the Matsés, or Jaguar people. Like all indigenous peoples of the world, the Matsés […] Continue reading »

Our Slipping Global Biodiversity

National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore, talks about his quest to save species through his documentary and studio photography. The challenge he faces is getting people to pay attention and care about their environmental impacts, but he knows it isn’t an impossible task. In Australia, two-weeks after he documented the weekly death toll of koalas in […] Continue reading »

Regaining Sustainable Agriculture Practices in the Amazon

Nothing is more challenging than advising experts. The Matsés indigenous people are master farmers, and it seems strange to even suggest farming ideas to people who live almost entirely off the land. The problem is that their traditional small-scale swidden (slash-and-burn) approaches to farming, once superbly adapted for a semi-nomadic lifestyle, do not translate to […] Continue reading »

Gold Mining: Turning the Amazon into a Wasteland

In three short years, our increased demand for gold due to economic fears, has destroyed over 50,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest. Gold Mining in Amazon Rainforest Increases Drastically The area of greatest impact from gold mining is in the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Perú. In addition to the legal gold mining approved by […] Continue reading »

Virgin Rainforest Deforested for Palm Oil in Tamishiyacu

Large-scale palm oil deforestation of virgin rainforest discovered in Tamshiyacu UPDATE: The company responsible for this deforestation is United Cacao. Read the full report here. In an investigative trip facilitated in part by Acaté’s in-country Director Bill Park, journalists in Peru’s Loreto region recently discovered a 14-square-kilometer area of pristine rainforest cut down for an […] Continue reading »