Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Asociacion Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente

Protecting our right to a healthy environment

aka AIDA - Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense

San Francisco, CA


AIDA strengthens 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.

Ruling Year


Co-Executive Director

Anna Cederstav

Co-Executive Director

Astrid Puentes Riaño

Main Address

AIDA 50 California St., Suite 500

San Francisco, CA 94111 USA


Latin America, environment, biodiversity, public health, human rights, environmental law, public participation, marine protection, mining, dams





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

In Latin America, an environmental defender is murdered every ten days. Brave activists give their lives fighting economic development that pushes thousands of people off ancestral lands, destroys rain forests, pollutes rivers, and kills coral reefs.

We believe everyone has the right to a healthy environment. Our Latin American attorneys, who live and work throughout the region, are experts in international law. We provide free legal support to communities, nonprofit organizations, and governments. We're looking to respond to a growing number of requests for help, create a regional strategy for protecting environmental defenders, and expand support from individual donors.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Human Rights and the Environment

Marine Protection

Environmental Governance and Public Participation

Freshwater Preservation

Climate Change

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Hours of legal assistance offered

Population(s) served


Number of interns and fellows trained in international law

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No target populations selected

Number of national and regional advocacy networks coordinated

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Context notes

1. Latin American Alliance on Fracking; 2. Environmental Justice Network of Colombia; 3. Environmental Justice Network of Bolivia; 4. Colombian Coalition on Coal

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

AIDA strives to ensure that international policies, laws, and financial flows contribute to, rather than compromise, environmental protection. We focus on using international strategies, with multinational AIDA teams collaborating to establish precedents that will have regional and long-term impacts. AIDA's Freshwater Program helps to keep waters clean and support ecosystem health. AIDA's Human Rights Program helps to safeguard human wellbeing in communities exposed to severe environmental degradation, particularly from infrastructure and extractive industries. AIDA's Climate Change Program helps to limit the severity of climate change by promoting projects, programs, policies, and financial systems that respond to Latin America's needs and priorities. AIDA's Marine Program helps to keep coral reefs, coastal wetlands, and marine species healthy.

AIDA provides legal and technical assistance free of charge to communities and organizations working to protect natural resources, ecosystems, and human rights. AIDA advocates at international governmental, financial, and legal institutions to create stronger social and environmental protections, increase government accountability, and promote public participation in decision-making. AIDA crafts arguments based on international law to enhance its partners' domestic litigation. This added capacity, available through no other organization, helps organizations to enforce environmental laws and regulations when governments can't or won't get the job done. We build advocacy networks that increase public pressure for change; publish reports that introduce new information and analysis; host conferences that disseminate knowledge and foster collaboration; and provide technical assistance that helps community groups and government representatives to be more effective.

• Our attorneys understand the Latin American legal and political context: they are both from and live in the region.

• We are a regional organization dedicated to enforcing environmental law with offices in countries from the United States to Chile.

• We provide free legal expertise that bridges the gaps between communities, local movements, national organizations, governments, and international authorities.

• Our team has 20 years of experience in using international law to win conservation gains for the region.

AIDA uses the following indicators to evaluate our work: • Success in achieving desired reforms of laws, regulations, and policies: Are we advancing as envisioned? Are legal victories yielding improved protections and better policies? • Development and distribution of high-quality materials and resources: How is the information received and used, by whom? Is it thorough and persuasive? Is it adding value and making an impact? • Visibility and use of our communication tools (website, social networks, participation in events, and press releases): Do third parties reference our work? Do we have an active, engaged audience? Do others call upon AIDA for expertise? • Progress against established work plans and timelines shared with allies and communities: Are we tracking as expected? If not, what is hindering progress, and what needs to change?

Among many victories, AIDA... Established the right to a healthy environment in international law Saved the homes of 25,000 people by stopping construction of a massive dam in Mexico Protected endangered green sea turtles by reforming Costa Rican law Protected the freshwater supply for millions of people by compelling Colombia's government to ban mining in high-altitude wetlands Built a vibrant regional alliance to stop the spread of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas from Mexico to Argentina Produced countless seminars to educate civil society groups and government representatives on a variety of issues related to environmental and human rights protection Initiatives: 1. Bring clean energy to Latin America 2. Safeguard natural systems that reduce and mitigate climate change impacts 3. Defend traditional and indigenous communities 4. Protect environmental defenders 5. Advocate for healthy air

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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
As a female-led organization with majority women staff, AIDA strives to ensure gender equity in many ways. Our remuneration scales are based on experience, responsibilities, and cost of living nationally -- not on negotiated rates. To train our staff on gender issues, we hold occasional workshops on discrimination, cross-gender and culture communication, and inequity in the workplace. AIDA was quite possibly the first Latin American NGO ever to (15 years ago) hold a sexual harrassment training for the board.