Wed, May 10, 2017

by Aida Navarro

Absorb, image used with the permission from Katie M. Berggren 

Before I became a mother, I heard the question a thousand times: “Is it a good idea to bring more human beings into the world?” While being a mom is always difficult, being an environmentalist as well makes it even more so.Read more

Mon, May 08, 2017

by Astrid Puentes

Flooding and landslides in the city of Mocoa, Colombia

Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses. | Credit: OCHA Colombia / Flickr.

We are living now with the realities of climate change; to act otherwise would be ignorant and irresponsible. But, in case we forget, nature will surely remind us.Read more

Fri, Apr 28, 2017

by Gladys Martínez

Marine biodiversity

For decades, the ocean has given us food and the genetic resources we use to produce life-saving drugs. | Credit: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr.

Despite its importance, the ocean remains unprotected in large part; no country governs the high seas, international waters that comprise 64 percent of the ocean’s total surface area. Management measures have given rise to a patchwork of uncoordinated protections.Read more

Fri, Apr 28, 2017

by Verónica Muriel Carrioni

On March 26, 2017, 98% of voters in Cajamarca, Colombia decisively rejected mining in their territory.Read more

Wed, Mar 29, 2017

by Astrid Puentes

I represented AIDA in our very first intervention before the most important international human rights body in the Americas. We had been invited by the Court to comment on the consultative opinion raised by Colombian government on the link between environmental degradation and human rights; an issue reflecting the very core of our mission.Read more

Wed, Mar 29, 2017

by Sebastián Rodríguez

Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica

Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. | Credit: Vilseskogen / Flickr.


The National Wetlands Policy is designed to strengthening the management and protection of these vital natural environments.Read more

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

by Laura Yaniz

Dam in the Kaunertal Valley, Austria.

Dam in the Kaunertal Valley, Austria. 

At the end of 2016, researchers from Washington State University (WSU) concluded that reservoirs around the world, not just those in tropical areas, generate 1.3 percent of the total greenhouse gases produced by mankind. Dams, they found, are an “underestimated” source of contaminating emissions, particularly methane, a pollutant 34 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.Read more

Wed, Mar 01, 2017

by Sebastián Rodríguez

The Tárcoles River in Costa Rica

The Tárcoles River in Costa Rica.| Credit: Eflon/Creative Commons.

There are two main reasons for the excessive contamination of the large river: increasing urbanization and government bureaucracy. The river is used as a city sewer, receiving the equivalent of 100 Olympic swimming pools of untreated water, according to the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers.Read more

Fri, Feb 24, 2017

by Marcella Ribeiro d'Ávila Lins Torres

Pelicans in Los Roques Archipelago, Caribbean Sea

Pelicans in Los Roques Archipelago, Caribbean Sea. | Credit: Márcio Cabral de Moura/Creative Commons.


The Greater Caribbean and the people that depend on it are at risk, primarily from large infrastructure projects, including the construction of Nicaragua’s interoceanic canal, which began in 2014.Read more

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

by Astrid Puentes

Brazilian indigenous

Since its planning stages the Belo Monte Dam has been violating human rights. | Credit: Amazon Watch / Maíra Irigaray.

Corruption in Latin American and the Caribbean is no longer news. Some even consider it normal. But this too has a limit. So when we learned of the extent of corruption involved with Brazilian multinational Odebrecht, the news hit like a tsunami: the corporation not only swept away huge piles of money, it also destroyed the public trust.Read more

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