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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October 6, 2015
Press Release
They highlight the application of the precautionary principle in the resolution to suspend spraying, and pledge to stay alert to the threat posed by the potential manual use of glyphosate or its...
October 5, 2015
Monthly Update
6 Questions about COP21, answered In Paris this December, world leaders will gather for a pivotal conference expected to produce a new global climate accord. AIDA's lead climate change attorney has...
September 26, 2015
Blog Post
Across Latin America, and the world, communities are facing the severe effects of a changing climate. As floods destroy ancestral homes, and droughts threaten livelihoods, the urgency with which...
September 25, 2015
Press Release
Requested the annulment of a resolution that allows large projects like hydroelectric dams to use up to 90 percent of the water in rivers, lakes and other ecosystems. Panama City, Panama. The...
September 25, 2015
Blog Post
In his speech before the United Nations today in New York, Pope Francis argued passionately in defense of the environment, proclaiming that the natural world should have the same rights and...


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