Asociacion Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente (AIDA)

Founded in 1998, AIDA is a nonprofit environmental law organization that works in Latin America to defend threatened ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them. Our mission is to strengthen people's ability to guarantee their individual and collective right to a healthy environment, via the development, implementation, and effective enforcement of national and international law.
Empower Indigenous Brazilians to Save their Amazon
 
For indigenous and local communities along Brazil's Xingu River, life is changing forever. Construction of the Belo Monte Dam - the third-largest in the world - has displaced them from their homes and ruined their traditional fishing grounds on this major tributary of the Amazon. AIDA is helping by providing free legal support and representation before international authorities. We're defending their rights to adequate housing, water, sanitation, livelihood, culture, and a healthy environment. project reportread updates from the field
Defend Children's Health in Peru
 
Nearly all the children in La Oroya, Peru have high concentrations of heavy metals in their blood. Many residents suffer from chronic lung illnesses. A metal smelter has contaminated the air, soil, and water of this Andean city since 1922. AIDA is providing free legal advocacy to help the community hold the government accountable for the health impacts and environmental damage. After nearly two decades, the case is headed to an international court. project reportread updates from the field
Save Mexico's Coral Reefs!
 
Ocean enthusiasts prize Mexico's pristine, multi-hued coral reefs. Hundreds of colorful fish species, sea urchins, starfish, and sea grasses share the reefs with an abundance of other magnificent sea creatures. But coastal development threatens reef destruction. AIDA is advocating for national and international authorities to remediate damage already caused at Veracruz Reef in the Gulf of Mexico, and to preserve the pristine Cabo Pulmo Reef in Baja California Sur. project reportread updates from the field
Improve Laws to Protect Corals in Latin America
 
It is estimated that up to 70% of reefs could disappear by 2030, including the reef-rich regions of Latin American and the Caribbean. Thanks to coral reefs, we have fish to eat, places to recreate, barriers from storms, and many medical cures. But this could change in the coming decades. Corals reefs are threatened by human activities and impacts of climate change. AIDA provides much-needed guidance to implement effective laws and practices to preserve and protect reefs. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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