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Fishermen in Marismas Nacionales

Coral reefs, Freshwater Sources | 16 March 2015

Wetlands: Vital and At Risk

Temporarily or permanently flooded extensions of land create wetlands— oxygen-deprived, hybrid ecosystems that combine the characteristics of both aquatic and terrestrial systems. Wetlands include...read more

Freshwater Sources, Mining | 4 March 2015

Páramos: Defending Water in Colombia

Colombia’s páramos occupy just 1.7 percent of the national territory, yet they produce 85 percent of its drinking water . These rich sources of life are threatened by activities like large-scale...read more

Photo: Construction of the Barro Blanco Dam on the Tabasará River, Panama. Credit: Ed Grimaldo/La Estrella de Panamá.

Climate Change, Human Rights, Large Dams | 24 February 2015

Four Recommendations for the Summit of the Americas

Inequality has increased in the last decades in Latin America, and this clearly is an obstacle for democracy. Latin America remains the region with...read more

The team from AIDA’s Marine Protection Program.

Capacity Building, Public Participation | 15 February 2015

5 Reasons to Donate to AIDA

We all must leave a legacy , my grandfather said. For him – beyond being loving husbands and wives, committed parents, responsible children, faithful friends and fulfilled workers – that means...read more

From left to right, part of the team that worked on the project: Anna Cederstav, codirector of AIDA; Andrea Treece, Earthjustice lawyer; and Haydée Rodríguez, AIDA attorney.

Capacity Building, Oceans | 9 February 2015

Five Reasons to Protect the Peruvian Anchoveta

The anchoveta (Engraulis ringens), a wide-eyed fish 12 to 15 centimeters long, is prevalent in the Pacific coastal waters of Peru. When I first heard of this little fish, I had no idea how important...read more

Climate Change, Human Rights | 26 January 2015

Human rights in the new climate agreement: Tomorrow will be too late

Observing the UN Climate Negotiations is like entering another world. Governments, organizations and individuals advance their agendas, and all are discussed simultaneously: mitigation, adaptation,...read more

Coral reefs, Oceans | 22 January 2015

Working to protect coral reefs in Mexico and throughout Latin America

In the Gulf of Mexico, 27 coral reefs form a submarine mountain range that runs between six islands in an area stretching for miles. Hundreds of colorful fish species, sea urchins, starfish, and sea...read more

Fracking | 12 January 2015

Fracking prohibited in New York, but promoted in Colombia

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking , is an...read more

Accountability and Transparency, Capacity Building, Climate Change | 23 December 2014

COP20 fails to provide certainty on climate finance and human rights

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...read more

Photo: María José Veramendi Villa, AIDA attorney, speaks at the Constitutional Court of Peru on incorporating the protection of human rights in the new climate agreement. Credit: Víctor Quintanilla.

Accountability and Transparency, Capacity Building, Climate Change | 15 December 2014

COP20: Towards a climate deal with human rights protections

The impact of climate change on human rights is clear. Yet no international treaty on climate change makes reference to­ human rights, nor does any human rights treaty reference climate change. The...read more

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