Threatened Ecosystems

A sea turtle

Five species of sea turtle migrate through the high seas to lay their eggs on coastal beaches.

Far from national boundaries, and protected by no country, the high seas are rich in biodiversity—sustaining everything from corals to mammals to the fish we eat. Despite their importance, these international waters—and the life within them—are at risk. A lack of coordinated oversight has led to...

An indigenous girl plays in the San Pedro Mezquital River. | Credit: Camilo Thompson / AIDA

The water flowing down our rivers is vital to the natural equilibrium of the planet and its climate. It’s like the blood circulating through your body. If your bloodflow were blocked, you’d get cardiovascular disease, maybe even a heart attack. Well, damming rivers is like intentionally blocking...

The Ciénaga Grande helped birth Márquez's magical realism. | Credit: Mitchell Gilbert

Today I learned that Colombia—thanks in part to AIDA’s supporters—took an unprecedented step to save an ecosystem central to Colombia’s identy: the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta.
Amazon, Brazil

Amazon, Brazil. | Credit: Universo Produção / Flickr.

Though the United States is no longer committed to the fight against climate change, Latin America is making much needed progress. Countries throughout the region are beginning to take the protection of nature seriously, evident through new laws and sustainable projects. But we still have a long...
Experts at the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the protection of wetlands, identified “significant changes” due to human interference in the ecological characteristics of the area.Read more
Coral reefs in Cozumel, Mexico.

Coral reefs in Cozumel, México. | Credit: Gustavo Danemann.

This month, the Mexican Senate’s Special Climate Change Commission decided to do something about the threats facing corals. They convened a series of meetings to promote the creation of a legislative instrument aimed exclusively at protecting the nation’s many reefs.
Pelicans in Los Roques Archipelago, Caribbean Sea

Pelicans in Los Roques Archipelago, Caribbean Sea. | Credit: Márcio Cabral de Moura/Creative Commons.

 
The Greater Caribbean and the people that depend on it are at risk, primarily from large infrastructure projects, including the construction of Nicaragua’s interoceanic canal, which began in 2014.
Ocean

Ocean. Credit: Joel Hatfield/Flickr/Creative Commons.

 
As I look forward to another 10 years, my dream remains the same as it ever was: working to protect these great creatures and the waters they call home; giving them a voice; and advocating for the preservation of our region’s greatest natural treasures.
The office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman found that the International Finance Corporation cannot guarantee that the Angostura mine will not have impacts on the environment.Read more
Colombia’s environmental heritage includes six Wetlands of International Importance listed under the Ramsar Convention, a treaty that protects these environments. Their listing indicates their value not only for Colombia, but also for humanity.