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Climate Change, Human Rights | 8 February 2018

Inter-American Court establishes historic precedent for the protection of human rights in the Americas

In response to a consultation made by Colombia, the Court recognized the right to a healthy environment as fundamental to human existence. They also recognized the impact of climate change on human...read more

Puerto Morelos

Coral reefs | 7 February 2018

Organizations alert authorities of threats to Puerto Morelos Reef

Mexico’s Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, a national protected area and Wetland of International Importance, is at risk due to massive and unsustainable tourism activities. Civil society...read more

Coral reefs, Oceans | 6 February 2018

Authorization of port expansion violates Mexico's international commitments

To highlight this conflict, AIDA filed an amicus brief supporting residents of Veracruz in their attempt to protect the Veracruz Reef System, currently threatened by the port’s expansion.read more

Oceans, Toxic Pollution | 25 January 2018

Salmon farms in Chilean Patagonia approved without adequate environmental evaluation

A study commissioned by AIDA found that more than half of the salmon farms currently operating in the Magallanes region of Southern Patagonia have generated a partial or total lack of oxygen in the...read more

Oceans | 21 July 2017

Important progress made towards ocean treaty

States meeting at the United Nations in New York took an important step towards launching negotiations for a new treaty to protect the biodiversity of the high seas.read more

Climate Change, Freshwater Sources, Human Rights | 4 June 2017

Ramsar Secretariat advises Colombia to add Ciénaga Grande to list of world’s most threatened wetlands

Experts at the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the protection of wetlands, identified “significant changes” due to human interference in the ecological characteristics of the area.read more

Accountability and Transparency, Capacity Building, Climate Change | 1 June 2017

As US withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement, Latin America must step up

Without US participation, other countries must urgently limit greenhouse gas emissions.read more

Oceans, Toxic Pollution | 22 May 2017

Calling on Chile to protect Patagonia from the risks of the salmon industry

Civil society organizations filed an administrative complaint and a petition calling on the government to investigate and punish farm operators, and to enforce existing regulations.read more

Human Rights, Toxic Pollution | 25 April 2017

Lowering Peru’s air quality standards is regressive and harmful to public health

The government of Peru has proposed increasing the legal amount of sulfur dioxide in the air by more than 12 times and doubling the allowed level of particulate matter, substances known to cause...read more

Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Large Dams | 10 April 2017

Belo Monte Dam must comply with conditions before continuing operations

Last week a federal court in Brazil suspended the operating license of the Belo Monte Dam. Prosecutors said the dam's operating company, Norte Energía, failed to complete basic sanitation works in...read more

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