Marine Protected Areas

“My Mom Is the Best Lawyer in the World”

Daniela, daughter of our attorney Gladys Martínez, feeds a calf.

“My mom is the best lawyer in the world because she defends the turtles, the corals, the salted forests they have in the sea, and alllll the fish.” As I listened to my 4-year-old daughter, Daniela, say this to an auditorium full of parents, boy and girls, my eyes filled with tears and my heart...

Panama Bay Is Legally Protected

An aerial view of the mangrove ecosystem in Panama Bay, Panama.

Panama Bay, a primitive mangrove ecosystem essential to the fishing industry in Panama and the fight against climate change, had its protected status restored by the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Panama. The court based its ...

On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, the President of Panama will approve a national law that bestows protected-area status on Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge. CIAM and AIDA applaud the decision to strengthen protection of an ecosystem key to biodiversity, freshwater supplies, and the fight...Read more

Working to protect coral reefs in Mexico and throughout Latin America

In the Gulf of Mexico, 27 coral reefs form a submarine mountain range that runs between six islands in an area stretching for miles. Hundreds of colorful fish species, sea urchins, starfish, and sea grasses share the reef with an abundance of other life forms. This...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2014 Press contacts: Sandra Moguel, AIDA, (045) 6462102353, smoguel@aida-americas.org Martin Wagner, Earthjustice, (510)-917-0434, mwagner@earthjustice.org Tri-national organization to investigate Mexico for environmental enforcement in Gulf of California...Read more

Our fight to protect the coral reefs and mangroves of Mexico goes beyond national borders

Coral Reefs

Coral reefs, the nurseries of the seas, are vital to the fisheries that provide food for millions of people. Mangrove forests also benefit people: they protect coastal communities from increasingly severe storm surges and help to mitigate climate change by absorbing huge amounts of...

Veracruz Reef: Largest in the Gulf of Mexico

Coral ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico. | Credit: Manuel Victoria.

Colorful fish swim in the Mexican reef. Credit: Manuel Victoria.

In the Gulf of Mexico, 27 coral reefs form a submarine mountain range running for miles between six islands. Hundreds of colorful fish species, sea urchins, starfish, and sea grasses share the reef with an abundance of other life forms. Fishing, sport diving, and beach tourism...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2014 Media contacts: Sandra Moguel, AIDA, +521 6462102353, +52 6461776800, smoguel@aida-americas.org Xavier Martínez Esponda, CEMDA, +521 6121404974, xmartinez@cemda.org.mx Organizations come out in defense of the Veracruz Reef System Technical and legal arguments are...Read more

Mexico takes action to protect its wetlands from unsustainable development

Manglares

AIDA and the members of the National Wetlands Committee have won a big victory after years of legal work to protect Mexico’s estuaries, coral reefs, mangroves and other wetlands.

On February 4, 2014, Mexico’s Natural Protected Areas Commission (CONANP) announced a national...