Strengthening Legal Protections

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 organizations and persons behind the Statement express our concerns to the Colombian government about the implications of the collapse of the Mining Code in effect since May 11, 2012 (Law 1382, 2010) and the consequent return to the previous Mining Code (Law 685 2001), particularly as concerns...Read more
Comments on marine regulations

AIDA has made extensive and detailed comments to marine regulations and different bills – mainly on fisheries and aquaculture – in countries across the continent. These observations and related documents are listed by country below to serve as a reference tool for people involved in...

Indigenous people affected by the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon

Indigenous people affected by the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon. Credit: Amazon Watch-Maíra Irigaray.

We see it time and again. Industries spew toxic pollutants into the air. Fracking fouls water with poisonous chemicals. Large dams flood people out of their villages. Mines ruin farmland. People lose their health, their jobs, their access to water, even their homes. All of these...

In accordance with the guidelines of the Human Rights Council, the Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA) and the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) present comments on the extent of Mexico’s compliance with the recommendations the country accepted as part of the 2009...Read more

On June 9, 2011, Mexico rewrote history. The Mexican Congress approved revisions that expressly recognize human rights in the national constitution for the first time. The new language requires all authorities to adhere to international human rights treaties Mexico is a signatory to when those...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2010 CONTACTS: Juan Carlos Arjona Estévez, CEMDA (Mexico) +52-55-5286-332, , Skype: juancarlosarjonaestevez Jacob Kopas, AIDA, (Bogota) +57-1-338-1277, , Skype: jacobkopas Mexico City, Mexico – On September 10, 2010, the...Read more
UPR Report Panama 2010 Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá – Una coalición de catorce organizaciones ambientales y de derechos humanos denunció problemas graves para la protección de los derechos humanos, vinculados con afectaciones al ambiente en Panamá, ante el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones...Read more
Coiba Aerial View

AIDA strives to strengthen and promote the creation of marine protected areas as a tool for preserving marine biodiversity. Coiba National Park in Panama is one important marine area we seek to protect because of its incredible biodiversity and the benefits it brings to the...

PRESS CONTACT: Gladys Martínez de Lemos, AIDA (506) 83214263 Costa Rican Constitutional Chamber Orders the Fisheries Authority to Issue Regulations Within the Next 3 Months SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, May 20, 2009 – The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of...Read more