International Environmental Law

COP20 fails to provide certainty on climate finance and human rights

UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Credit: UNFCCC/Flickr.

The 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP20) was held this month in Lima, Peru, with the goal of drafting a new climate agreement, to be signed in Paris in 2015. The conference, however, concluded with an unimpressive draft agreement that...
They also asked that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urge the State to adequately attend to the victims of the forced displacement caused by the “development” projects, and to begin a dialogue between the victims and the authorities seeking effective solutions to the problem.Read more
The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recommended a thorough investigation of Mexico’s systemic failure to enforce its environmental law when authorizing the construction of tourism resorts in the Gulf of California, Mexico.Read more
In 2007, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asked the Peruvian State to provide medical care and institute environmental controls. These measures have yet to be implemented fully and the health of the affected people continues to deteriorate.Read more
Coral Reefs

Coral reefs, the nurseries of the seas, are vital to the fisheries that provide food for millions of people. Mangrove forests also benefit people: they protect coastal communities from increasingly severe storm surges and help to mitigate climate change by absorbing huge amounts of...

COP20: A chance to fight climate change

Drought in the Amazon Basin, Brazil, 2010. Credit: Thiago Sanna Freire Silva/Flickr.

The world is poised for more poverty, hunger and disease as flooding, heat waves, storms and droughts increase. This is how the newest report of the the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes humanity´s near future. That’s why AIDA is helping Latin American policymakers...
Appeal to the UN seeks to stop eviction of Panamanian community.Read more
With arguments based on international law, the Supreme Court of Panama issued a ruling to confirm the protected area status of Panama Bay, helping to guarantee protection of a vital ecosystem for the country’s coastal and marine resources.Read more
Cerro Careperro Mandé Norte

In January 2009, Muriel Mining Corporation moved into the department of Chocó, Colombia to launch Mandé Norte, a project for the exploration and development of copper, gold, molybdenum and other minerals.

The US-based company began the project without proper consultation, and without the...

The article is an update and reissue of two chapters of the report Large Dams in the Americas: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease , written by Jacob Kopas and Astrid Puentes Riaño. The article identifies “the main obligations, standards, decisions and international law applicable to large...Read more