Strengthening Legal Protections

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.
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...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 3, 2014 Press contacts: Movimiento Ríos Vivos, Astrid Puentes Riaño, AIDA (Mexico City), +521 (55) 2301-6639, María José Veramendi, AIDA (Washington), +1 (202) 468-7535, Rafael...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...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2014 Press contacts: Brent Millikan, International Rivers, +55 61 8153 7009, Christian Poirier, Amazon Watch, +33 770381 849, Maria José Veramendi, AIDA, 1 (415) 684-3803, Indigenous...Read more
Cerro Careperro Mandé Norte

In January 2009, Muriel Mining Corporation moved into the department of Chocó, Colombia to launch Mandé Norte, a project for the exploration and development of copper, gold, molybdenum and other minerals.

The US-based company began the project without proper consultation, and without the...