Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense: Human Rights and Environmental Law

Climate change may be the greatest long-term threat to human communities and biodiversity. AIDA works to address the root causes and develop strategies for mitigation.

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Environmental health and human health are two sides of the same coin. AIDA defends human rights against environmental threats in the hemisphere.

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Fisheries and marine ecosystems are severely threatened worldwide. AIDA works to protect the fragile marine and coastal biodiversity of the Americas.

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AIDA builds capacity and expands opportunities for citizen participation by forging international alliances and equipping stakeholders with the tools to get involved.

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Clean freshwater is a cornerstone of human health and biodiversity. AIDA uses the law to safeguard freshwater from depletion and contamination.

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AIDA 2013 Read AIDA's 2013 Annual Report and 15 Year Anniversary Review
Significant achievements and impacts of AIDA's work throughout the Americas over the past fifteen years.
The authorization given by Congress for the Belo Monte dam is illegal. Organizations submit amicus curiae brief to Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court, demonstrating that Congressional authorization of the Belo Monte Dam is illegal
The authorization violates national and international law. The communities affected by the project were not consulted.
Letter-Detention of environmental and human rights defender Marco A. Suástegui Organizations and persons express their deep concern at the detention of environmental and human rights defender Marco A. Suástegui
We call upon the Mexican State to take effective and urgent measures to guarantee the human rights of Mr. Suástegui.
Organizations come out in defense of the Veracruz Reef System Organizations come out in defense of the Veracruz Reef System in Mexico
Technical and legal arguments are submitted in support of a lawsuit against modifying the boundaries of the site.

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AIDA uses international law to protect reefs and mangroves in Mexico June 2014
AIDA uses international law to protect reefs and mangroves in Mexico
Colombia must choose between gold and water: Al Gore May 2014
Colombia must choose between gold and water: Al Gore
COP20: Drafting a climate change agreement with Latin American involvement April 2014
COP20: Drafting a climate change agreement with Latin American involvement
Dance for the Amazon on Thursday 20 in San Francisco! March 2014
Dance for the Amazon on Thursday 20 in Oakland!