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Our work

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AIDA partners with local groups to field multinational teams of lawyers and scientists to tackle a range of environmental and human rights crises: including the decline of freshwater resources, the proliferation of toxins, climate change, and the decimation of vulnerable biodiversity.

AIDA’s efforts are divided into five strategic themes:

Human rights and environment. Environmental health and human health are two sides of the same coin. AIDA works to establish the connection between environmental degradation and harm to under-resourced communities throughout the Americas. When big business moves in to extract natural resources or develop infrastructure, local people are often left with contaminated water, polluted air, and no way to feed their families.

 
Marine biodiversity and coastal protection. Marine ecosystems are among the most threatened environmental resources in the Americas. AIDA works to implement legal, administrative, and political strategies to help protect endangered species, encourage the sustainable harvesting of delicate marine resources, and protect coastal areas that provide essential habitat to threatened biodiversity and human communities.

 
Climate change. Global warming is the most systemic and long-range threat to environmental health. AIDA has recently expanded its efforts to include work on climate change, with a focus on developing legal tools and regulatory frameworks that will help move human societies toward energy sustainability and protect those most harmed by rising sea levels and changing weather patterns.

 
Freshwater preservation. Clean water is a cornerstone of human and environmental health. AIDA implements legal strategies to protect ecosystems that serve as vital freshwater resources for nearby communities and biodiversity. AIDA also works to prevent companies from polluting freshwater supplies with poisonous toxins.

 
Strengthening environmental governance and public participation. Powerful, lasting change comes from the ground up. AIDA works to build capacity in Latin and Central America by educating decision makers, distributing information to nonprofit organizations, and building alliances among communities and lawyers working for environmental protection. We work to protect the ability of the public to participate meaningfully in important environmental decisions.