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Preserving More than Forest

October 10 marked the opening of a gallery exhibit for a cultural mapping project of the Ese’Eja at the University of Delaware. In his opening remarks, Dr. Paul Morgan, chair of the board of ACEER, posed an unexpected question to his audience; is the future envisioned by the TV show “The Jetsons” a future that we actually want?

TheJetsonsParkingSo does living in a world that looks something like the one portrayed in “The Jetsons” sound like an appealing idea to you? A skypad apartment? Robot housekeeper? Three-day workweek? What could be better? Dr. Morgan, however, sees things a little differently. In fact, he looks towards indigenous groups like the Ese’Eja of Southeastern Peru for a more ideal portrait of Continue reading “Preserving More than Forest”


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Custom Climate Change Workshop

One of the many things that The ACEER Foundation does is provide field-based, experiential learning programs for individuals and groups from around the world. From May 9-20 of 2016, representatives from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) had the unique opportunity to participate in one such learning program. After reaching out to ACEER, DEWA was able to customize its own workshop experience in Peru with the intended goals of seeing first hand the effects of climate change and achieving an understanding of some of the different perspectives on and methods of combatting it.

pMorganDr. Paul Morgan, professor at West Chester University and chair of the board of the ACEER Foundation, was able to accompany and lead the DEWA group on their trip. He witnessed the shift in perspective that occurred for the group when the itinerary moved on from the heady indoor PowerPoint presentations and sharing of ideas through conversation and lecture, to the more field based, experiential portion of the trip. Continue reading “Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Custom Climate Change Workshop”


Field report: University of Delaware/ACEER project to preserve the culture of the Ese’ Eja in the Peruvian Amazon

We know that rainforest destruction and climate change are leading to mass extinctions of plants and animals. But did you know that cultural extinction is occurring as well? Native Amazonian peoples are struggling for their very existence. ACEER is collaborating with the National Geographic Society and the University of Delaware to help the Ese Eja people of Peru preserve their culture. Watch this video to see how. Continue reading “Field report: University of Delaware/ACEER project to preserve the culture of the Ese’ Eja in the Peruvian Amazon”


ACEER partner and nominee, Victor Zambrano, wins coveted Buffet Award for Latin American Conservation awarded by the National Geographic Society

from NationalGeographic.Org

Victor Zambrano has dedicated his life to the restoration of natural forests in the Madre de Dios region of Peru’s southeastern Amazon, fostering ecologically stable and socioeconomically productive landscapes.

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Victor Zambrano, Conservationist

Born in Madre de Dios, Zambrano learned the customs of the local people at an early age. After leaving for high school in Lima and a subsequent 24-year military career, Zambrano retired and returned to his birthplace, settling along the Tambopata River in a region scientists consider to be the global epicenter of biodiversity. Sadly, he found the area under significant pressure from illegal gold mining; construction of the Amazon’s first transcontinental highway; oil and gas exploration; illegal timber harvesting; and human migration. Continue reading “ACEER partner and nominee, Victor Zambrano, wins coveted Buffet Award for Latin American Conservation awarded by the National Geographic Society”




Peru Workshop August 9-17 – Healthcare and Healing Traditions of Amazonia: Exploring the Roots of Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine

Join us for an adventurous, professional development journey into the Peruvian Amazon! This workshop will explore conventional medicine as well as the rich healing traditions of Peru. You will gain a greater perspective into the current emergence of holistic and integrative medical practice. You will visit clinics and hospitals, observe traditional healing practices, study medicinal plants, meet with shamanic healers, and explore the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. Open to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, natural medicine practitioners, and students.   Continue reading “Peru Workshop August 9-17 – Healthcare and Healing Traditions of Amazonia: Exploring the Roots of Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine”


Forging a Path through Peru

Adam Hlasny photo for ACEER
Adam Hlasny

by Adam Hlasny

My eyes are open, but the world around me is black. The Peruvian nightfall has quickly cloaked our craft in impenetrable darkness. After hours afloat on the Tambopata River, the clattering outboard’s last gasps yield to the primal cacophony of countless rainforest creatures. The long, narrow vessel languidly glides to shore as our leader clicks on a heavy-duty searchlight, scanning the muddy banks for a suitable place to put in. No longer lulled by the moving boat’s breezes, I wipe fresh moisture from my brow. The expedition leaders’ anxious Spanish shouts pierce the night like verbal gunfire. Finally the group disembarks, hoping to God that the guides have found the correct clearing in this nocturnal landscape. If we’ve missed the path to our lodgings, there isn’t another human settlement for dozens of miles in any direction…

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Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy awarded the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award

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Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy

In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to conservation, it is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of the ACEER Foundation presents to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was established in 2012 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to conservation in general, and conservation of the Amazon rainforest in particular.

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Brazil Nuts and Agoutis in the Peruvian Amazon

BrazilNutTreeby Kim Henderson

I believe that we have a dynamic relationship to nature. And if you pay attention, you might discover that a particular plant or animal in nature will sometimes choose us. They find their way into our psyche and spirit and teach us things, if we are open.

Think about this for a moment. Let your mind drift back to your first memories. Is there a flower, animal or tree that is knit into the fabric of your childhood memories? Oftentimes the smell of a certain tree, or the Continue reading “Brazil Nuts and Agoutis in the Peruvian Amazon”