Environmental law for the Americas

Founded in 1998, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) uses the law to protect the environment and communities suffering from environmental harm throughout Latin America. The 35 countries of our hemisphere are united under a common environmental flag - AIDA develops international strategies to address the environmental and human rights challenges of the 21st century.

Climate change may be the greatest long-term threat to human communities and biodiversity.

Climate Change

Clean freshwater is a cornerstone of human health and biodiversity.

Freshwater Preservation

Environmental health and human health are two sides of the same coin. 

Human Rights

Fisheries and marine ecosystems are severely threatened worldwide.

Marine Protection

AIDA builds capacity and expands opportunities for citizen participation.

Environmental Governance

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September 12, 2017
Blog Post
Today I learned that Colombia—thanks in part to AIDA’s supporters—took an unprecedented step to save an ecosystem central to Colombia’s identy: the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta.
September 12, 2017
Blog Post
A succession of unusually strong hurricanes have struck the Americas over the last several weeks. The nearly unprecedented power of Harvey and Irma submerged cities, damaged homes and took lives, and...
September 4, 2017
Blog Post
The Addicks and Barker dams were built near Houston, Texas in an attempt to save the city from potential flooding. But the huge storage capacity of the reservoirs was not enough to contain the more...
August 29, 2017
Blog Post
Though the United States is no longer committed to the fight against climate change, Latin America is making much needed progress. Countries throughout the region are beginning to take the protection...
August 28, 2017
Blog Post
Since early 2016, the residents of San Martín, 300 miles north of Bogotá in the department of Cesar, Colombia, have mobilized, protested, and peacefully resisted the government’s plans to begin...

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