Wed, Mar 29, 2017

by Astrid Puentes

I represented AIDA in our very first intervention before the most important international human rights body in the Americas. We had been invited by the Court to comment on the consultative opinion raised by Colombian government on the link between environmental degradation and human rights; an issue reflecting the very core of our mission.Read more

Wed, Mar 29, 2017

by Sebastián Rodríguez

Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica

Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. | Credit: Vilseskogen / Flickr.


The National Wetlands Policy is designed to strengthening the management and protection of these vital natural environments.Read more

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

by Laura Yaniz

Dam in the Kaunertal Valley, Austria.

Dam in the Kaunertal Valley, Austria. 

At the end of 2016, researchers from Washington State University (WSU) concluded that reservoirs around the world, not just those in tropical areas, generate 1.3 percent of the total greenhouse gases produced by mankind. Dams, they found, are an “underestimated” source of contaminating emissions, particularly methane, a pollutant 34 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.Read more

Wed, Mar 01, 2017

by Sebastián Rodríguez

The Tárcoles River in Costa Rica

The Tárcoles River in Costa Rica.| Credit: Eflon/Creative Commons.

There are two main reasons for the excessive contamination of the large river: increasing urbanization and government bureaucracy. The river is used as a city sewer, receiving the equivalent of 100 Olympic swimming pools of untreated water, according to the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers.Read more

Fri, Feb 24, 2017

by Marcella Ribeiro d'Ávila Lins Torres

Pelicans in Los Roques Archipelago, Caribbean Sea

Pelicans in Los Roques Archipelago, Caribbean Sea. | Credit: Márcio Cabral de Moura/Creative Commons.


The Greater Caribbean and the people that depend on it are at risk, primarily from large infrastructure projects, including the construction of Nicaragua’s interoceanic canal, which began in 2014.Read more

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

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