ACEER Peru Amigos Program 2015

amigoslogoThese photos from the ACEER ¡Amigos! Summer 2015 program show the type of work ¡Amigos! does in the Amazon. The objective of ¡Amigos! A Partnership for Education is to create, develop, and implement environmental education programs in the Peruvian Amazon as a basis for developing environmental awareness and sustainable use of natural resources.                  …more about ¡Amigos!



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Malcolm Gillis, the sixth president of Rice University, died Oct. 4 at age 74


Malcolm Gillis

A University Professor, the Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics and a professor of management, Gillis served as president from 1993 to 2004, one of Rice’s most active periods. He was a well-known economist who consulted with numerous countries on economic public policy.   Continue reading “Malcolm Gillis, the sixth president of Rice University, died Oct. 4 at age 74”

ACEER announces the award of the 2015 Dr. James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship to Jose Antonio Hurtado Huarcaya

ACEER is pleased to award to Mr. Jose Antonio Hurtado Huarcaya the 2015 Dr. James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship. He will receive $1000 in support of his research project, The Cultural Significance of Medicinal Plants in the District of Quinua (Ayacucho) Peru. Jose is a masters student at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima where he is earning a masters in tropical botany with an emphasis on ethnobotany.

JamesDuke280The James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship was established by founding ACEER board member Dr. James A. Duke, recipient of ACEER’s 2013 Legacy Award for life long contributions to rainforest conservation. Jim has dedicated his life to bringing the healing power of medicinal plants to a global audience. This Fellowship continues his legacy by supporting a new generation of ethnobotanists.

Camu Camu / Myciaria dubia

Camu Camu 1by Dr. Katherine Gaston

Camu Camu is a shrub growing in watery, swampy areas of the Amazon rainforest and is often harvested directly into a canoe from the river. It produces lemon size fruit orange-red in color. Although it has not been documented to have been used extensively by indigenous people, it has more recently been discovered to contain very high levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant known to protect the body from free-radicals, stress and aging and to boost the immune system in fighting infection. In fact, it may contain the highest source of vitamin C occurring naturally on Continue reading “Camu Camu / Myciaria dubia”

Posada Amazonas

by Janet N. Gold

As I sit at my computer today on a fog-shrouded morning on the coast of Maine, I can close my eyes and still recall the feeling of being a small human presence in the vibrant rainforest surrounding Posada Amazonas, a rainforest of plant and animal life so integrated and alive that my human presence sometimes felt like an intrusion.

Home_7cIn 1996 the Posada Amazonas was barely a dream, the embryo of a vision, when Eduardo Nycander of Rainforest Expeditions, a Peruvian ecotourism company, signed an agreement with the Ese-Ejá community of Infierno in the Tambopata Continue reading “Posada Amazonas”

Instituto de Líderes Emergentes en Sostenibilidad – Cambio Climático en Perú

Fechas: 6-17 julio 2015                            In English



PDFenEspanolItinerarioEl Centro Amazónico de Educación Ambiental e Investigación (ACEER) desarrollará este año (2015) el Instituto para Líderes Emergentes en Sostenibilidad en Perú, del 6 al 17 de julio centrándose en el Cambio Climático en el Perú. Este viaje de estudios está abierto a estudiantes avanzados (ultimo semestre de pregrado y estudiantes de maestría y doctorado), educadores y profesionales en el campo de la sostenibilidad, así como personas interesadas en Continue reading “Instituto de Líderes Emergentes en Sostenibilidad – Cambio Climático en Perú”


Every second one acre of the Amazon rainforest disappears. The key to the Amazon’s survival is education and research. ACEER is an organization providing life transforming experiential learning opportunities in the Amazon. ACEER has touched the lives of over a million people since it was founded in 1991. Since then over 125 universities and organizations have Continue reading “About ACEER”

Medicinal Plant Exhibit Wins Three Awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show

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UD’s exhibit at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show offers a lesson on the value of abundant plant life as found in the Amazon rainforest.

…continued from Part One on the UD’s 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit featuring plants from the Amazon

The University of Delaware’s “Forest to Pharmacy” exhibit, conceived and designed in conjunction with the ACEER, has won three awards at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show: a Silver Medal in the Education class; a Special Achievement award from the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania; and the Herb Society of America Award. The flower show will run Feb. 28 through March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Continue reading “Medicinal Plant Exhibit Wins Three Awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show”