AIDA Blog

Mon, Feb 12, 2018

by Andrés Ángel

Poopó in western Bolivia

At the entrance to Poopó, the landscape includes pools of mining waste and damaged soil. | Credit: Andrés Ángel / AIDA.

For centuries, Bolivia has allowed its economy to depend almost exclusively on the extractive sector, an option that is entirely unsustainable in the medium and long term. The biggest challenge is demonstrating that the sustainable path can be fruitful and, ultimately, that it is a better option for nations like Bolivia.Read more


Fri, Jan 26, 2018

by Astrid Puentes

Construction of the Belo Monte dam in the Brazilian Amazon.

Construction of the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu river, one of the tributaries of the Amazon, August 2013. | Credit: Programa de Aceleración del Crecimiento (PAC).

In an apparent turnaround, the Brazilian government has signaled an end to the construction of large dams in the Amazon. If materialized, it will be a step worthy of imitation. Then the region, and the world, can move towards truly sustainable energy generation that respects the environment and human rights.Read more


Mon, Jan 22, 2018

by Juana Hofman

Páramos produce 85 percent of Colombia's drinking water. | Credit: Aztlec / Flickr.

For Colombia, 2017 was a year marked by debate on the right of communities to be consulted about decisions that affect their territories and ecosystems. Now, in the face of the presidential elections and the implementation of the peace accord, environmental participation, territorial autonomy and fracking remain particularly important issues.Read more


Mon, Jan 15, 2018

by Cecilia Vásquez

The first steps of a sea turtle in Bali, Indonesia.

According to the recent study, over the last decade sea turtle hatcheries have helped some populations rebound after historic declines. After years of implementation, the protection of beaches, the regulation of fishing, and the creation of marine protected areas have helped improve sea turtle populations in waters around the world, according to researchers. Despite the impressive recovery of several species of turtle, there are others that remain in need of protection, as their numbers continue to decline worldwide.Read more


Fri, Jan 05, 2018

by Laura Yaniz

Although 2017 was a challenging year for environmental defense globally, there have been many advances in the region that are worth celebrating.Read more


Fri, Dec 22, 2017

by AIDA Staff

As the year comes to a close, we're happy to share with you several recent advances we've made in the name of environmental protection in Latin America. Each project we launch or case we win is a step toward a more just region, and a healthier planet for our children.Read more


Thu, Dec 21, 2017

by Liliana Ávila

In December 2012, Chief Raoni denounced the threats Belo Monte posted to human rights before the European Parlament. | Credit: greensefa

For AIDA attorney Liliana Ávila, the hope of getting reparations for the people affected by the Belo Monte Dam has been growing over the years, and it's more alive now than ever.Read more


Tue, Dec 19, 2017

by Victor Quintanilla Sangüeza

AIDA’s attorneys both hail from and live in Latin America, fostering a profound respect for the region’s natural environment and those who depend so intimately on it.Read more


Wed, Nov 29, 2017

by Andrés Ángel

Blue lakes of crystal-clear water in Santurbán

Blue lakes of crystal-clear water in Santurbán. | Credit: Alberto Peña Kay / AIDA.

Hiding the trash under the carpet does not mean you’ve cleaned, not in terms of the economy and certainly not in terms of mining.Read more


Fri, Nov 17, 2017

by Laura Yaniz

Wetland, a natural carbon sink

Governments must protect ecosystems key to the fight against climate change: rivers, wetlands, oceans, forests and mangroves absorb large quantities of carbon, slowing warming. | Credit: Nathan Anderson.

As individuals, we know about the small actions we can take to help reduce the emissions that cause climate change. But what can and should our governments do, seeing as their large-scale actions are fundamental to the welfare of their people?Read more


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