February 2020

Brazil

Brazil seeks to mine, dam and drill on Indian lands

When Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent Congress a bill this month to allow mining, hydroelectric dam construction and oil and gas drilling on indigenous lands, ......

Peru (Free Read)

Community-health suits create precedents in Peru

In the best of times, the stream flowing past Graciela Tejada’s house stinks of sewage. During heavy rains, when the water rises, feces and hospital ......

Honduras

Honduras pledges carbon neutrality by year 2050

Honduras aims to cut its net greenhouse-gas emissions to zero under a plan it launched in January, contributing to efforts in Central America to reduce ......

El Salvador

El Salvador group plugs Escazú treaty ratification

A citizens’ group in El Salvador is pressing the national government to sign and ratify the Escazú Accord, a yet-to-be-implemented treaty negotiated in March 2018 ......

Venezuela

Maduro bid for mining is met with deep concern

Desperate for economic growth in his crisis-ravaged country, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has increasingly pinned his hopes on mining. Presenting a 2019-2025 Mining Plan last ......

Around the Region

Land conflict deemed cause of Bosawás Reserve killings

Nicaraguan police say four indigenous Mayangna people were shot dead when a large band of individuals attacked their community in the vast Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, ......

Centerpiece

In Colombia, a tougher climate for coffee

In Armenia, located in the heart of the prime Colombian coffee-growing region known as the “Coffee Axis,” Carlos Arturo López Ríos vents about the issues ......

Q&A

Reflecting on an extraordinary record of conservation successes

When Kristine McDivitt Tompkins retired as CEO of Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, in the early 1990s, she took on a higher-stakes challenge—helping to conserve ......