Threatened Ecosystems

The office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman found that the International Finance Corporation cannot guarantee that the Angostura mine will not have impacts on the environment.Read more
Colombia’s environmental heritage includes six Wetlands of International Importance listed under the Ramsar Convention, a treaty that protects these environments. Their listing indicates their value not only for Colombia, but also for humanity.
Fact Sheets
1. Don Diego is a proposed marine mining project in Mexico. Marine mining is a process used to extract metals or minerals from the seabed. The Don Diego proposal calls for dredging seven million tons of phosphate sand from the seabed 19 kilometers off the coast of Baja California Sur. [1] Leftover...Read more
High seas

High seas are those international waters that belong to no country. Credit: aphotoshooter/Flickr/Creative Commons.

What happens in the high seas motivates the 33 NGOS and 193 delegations of the United Nations currently meeting in New York. They’re working to create a legally binding agreement that conserves marine life in areas beyond any national jurisdiction.
Our oceans are collapsing in every sense of the word. In the last hundred years, we have overfished and polluted most every treasured and productive marine and coastal ecosystem in reach. Climate change is now causing its own grave set of marine problems. Yet there is hope: success stories that...Read more
Douglas Tompkins

Tompkins, the ecological visionary. Credit: Sam Beebe/Creative Commons.

On December 8th, one of the last pristine places on the planet, Patagonia, lost one of its greatest protectors, Douglas Tompkins. At 72 years old, the conservationist and multimillionaire lost his life in a kayaking accident.
On Mexico’s northern Pacific coast, verdant mangroves reach their roots into the shallow soil, drink up the sweet, fresh water flowing from the mountains, and shelter the diverse, abundant life teeming below.
Sanctuary of Flora and Fauna Ciénaga Grande

Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, the largest and most productive coastal wetland in Colombia, covers 45,000 hectares. At the confluence of the Magdalena River and the Caribbean Sea, the site boasts an immense variety of flora and fauna, including mammals, birds and fish. Its southern...

Coral reef in Cozumel

Diver swimming close to a coral reef in Cozumel, Mexico. Credit: Gustavo Danemann.

Coral reefs are a unique and complex ecosystem, vital to the health of oceans. Yet 93 percent of the reefs in Costa Rica are in danger, and tourism is a significant factor in their degradation.
Coral reefs in Vanuatu

Coral Reef at Bokissa Private Island Resort, Santo, Vanuatu. Credit: Roderick Eime/Bokissa Private Island Resort/Creative Commons.

Of all the species that live in the sea, corals are among my favorites. Thanks to my career at AIDA, I have been able to both learn a lot about these tiny animals, and work to identify effective ways to protect them.