Strengthening Legal Protections

Berta Zuñiga Caceres speaks outside of the IACHR hearings in the OAS on April 5, 2016.

Berta “Bertita” Zúñiga Cáceres speaks outside of the IACHR hearings in the OAS on April 5, 2016 during the vigil in honor of her mother. | Credit: Daniel Cima / IACHR.

On June 30, Berta Zúñiga Cáceres, the daughter of murdered Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres, survived an attempt on her life. Yet Zúñiga and environmental activists in Honduras remain undeterred from their fight.
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.
This Best Practices Guide and Executive Summary provide examples of effective regulatory tools for protecting coral reefs. These tools can be adapted to the circumstances of various jurisdictions where reefs are at risk. It is not an exhaustive list of best practices, but rather a compilation of...Read more
IACHR hearing

Hearing "Corporations, Human Rights, and Prior Consultation in the Americas". Credit: Daniel Cima/IACHR.

Juana is suffering from respiratory problems and her sister has asthma. They live in La Oroya, a small city in Peru’s central Andes. It was years before Juana had access to the information she needed to understand the source of their illnesses: toxic contamination from the Doe Run metal smelter.
In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, they highlighted the opportunities that the Commission has to address the problem through the creation, implementation and strengthening of international standards on business and human rights.Read more
Isabel Cristina Zuleta gave testimony before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights last month, describing the situation that she and thousands of Colombians have been suffering through. Zuleta, the leader of Movimiento Rios Vivos (Living Rivers Movement), is a victim of forced displacement...
They also asked that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urge the State to adequately attend to the victims of the forced displacement caused by the “development” projects, and to begin a dialogue between the victims and the authorities seeking effective solutions to the problem.Read more
Latin American civil society organizations "strongly recommend that CODE members send the first draft back to Management. Without structural changes to the Safeguard Policy proposal, we question if the second phase of consultations and the review process will be meaningful". According to them,...Read more
Fact Sheets
In its budget bill for 2014, the US Congress has taken bold steps to promote environmental justice within international financial institutions. Among other measures, the bill instructs the US representatives in these institutions to oppose large dams and logging projects that affect primary...Read more

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...