AIDA Blog

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

by Astrid Puentes

Brazilian indigenous

Since its planning stages the Belo Monte Dam has been violating human rights. | Credit: Amazon Watch / Maíra Irigaray.

Corruption in Latin American and the Caribbean is no longer news. Some even consider it normal. But this too has a limit. So when we learned of the extent of corruption involved with Brazilian multinational Odebrecht, the news hit like a tsunami: the corporation not only swept away huge piles of money, it also destroyed the public trust.Read more


Wed, Feb 15, 2017

by Florencia Ortúzar

Civil society meeting at the headquarters of the Green Climate Fund

Representatives of civil society meet in a hallway during one of the meetings of the Green Climate Fund Board. | Credit: Catherine Demesa.

The physical participation of civil society in Board meetings is vital. They ensure the Fund takes into account the voices of the communities directly affected by or benefitting from the financing.Read more


Fri, Feb 03, 2017

by Florencia Ortúzar

Forest fire in Chile

Forest fire in the community of Empedrado, in the Maule region of Chile. | Credit: Bomberos de Chile.

The risk of the current fires was latent. More should have been done to prevent them, and to have been better prepared to face them. Prevention would involve actions ranging from regulating the activities of forest companies, to implementing effective firefighting, to avoiding the accumulation of garbage in places where fires may emerge.Read more


Mon, Jan 30, 2017

by Laura Yaniz

The Santurbán páramo is rich in both water and minerals. | Credit: Alberto Peña Key

The International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, said “No” to the Angostura mining project in Colombia’s Santurbán páramo. What does this decision mean? It’s one step closer to the protection of this priceless ecosytem.Read more


Mon, Jan 16, 2017

by Rodrigo da Costa Sales

Munduruku leaders gather in ceremony to open their General Assembly.

The devastation caused by the Belo Monte Dam has become a cautionary tale for neighboring tribes like the Munduruku. I hope the Brazilian government learns the lesson that countless indigenous people already have—large dams must stay out of the Amazon!Read more


Tue, Dec 27, 2016

by Laura Yaniz

2016 was not an easy year. It was especially trying for the fight to protect the environment in Latin America. But it has not all been grim. This year has also given us important reasons to keep the hope alive.Read more


Tue, Dec 13, 2016

by Astrid Puentes

The Moconá Falls in Argentina.

The Moconá Falls in the Uruguay River, Argentina. More than a million dams already block half the rivers on the planet. | Credit: Mariano Mantel.

To respond to climate change with urgency, intelligence, and effectiveness, we have to be clear on its causes. We have to account for all significant contributors, including dams.Read more


Fri, Dec 09, 2016

by Anna Miller

Pablo and his daughter in front of the metal smelter in La Oroya in 2008. | Credit: Giuliano Koren

A group of 65 residents joined as petitioners in a case AIDA brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 10 years ago. Today, they still wait for justice.Read more


Tue, Nov 29, 2016

by AIDA Staff

Jarliel Juruna

Jarliel leads a dance on a beach nearby Mïratu village in 2015. | Credit: Lilo Clareto/ISA.

Jarliel died while diving for fish in water 25 meters deep. One of his brothers blames the Belo Monte Dam (Brazil), which pushed all the fish into deeper waters, forcing fishermen to follow. Before the dam, fish were plentiful in the waterfalls and shallows of the river.Read more


Tue, Nov 29, 2016

by AIDA Staff

80 Heads of State and Government attending the COP22 in Marrakech

Approximately 80 Heads of State and Government attending the Marrakech Climate Change Conference posed for a group photo. | Credit: UNFCCC.

The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) was held in Morocco from November 7-18, 2016. The delegates made progress on issues related to finance for developing countries facing the impacts of climate change. But their decisions needed to be more ambitious.Read more


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