Latin America

Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico James Forte/Getty Images

Latin America is as diverse in geography, wildlife, culture, and politics as any region on earth. The United States' largest trading partner, Latin America consists of fast-growing economies that face pressing challenges, including protecting natural resources, meeting development goals, and supplying enough energy, food, and services for expanding populations.

NRDC collaborates with partners in the region to address these challenges. Together, we protect wildlands, waters, and forests; fight climate change; and move nations toward clean energy.

Some of our accomplishments:

  • In Chile, we helped shut down massive dam projects on two of Patagonia's wildest rivers and are collaborating with local experts to promote a better clean energy future that relies on the country’s remarkable renewable energy resources and energy-efficiency potential.
  • In Mexico, we work with local and international partners to clean up diesel fuel—a major public health threat as well as a source of global climate pollution. Together, we are pushing to get tougher emissions standards and other policies in place that can help reduce diesel pollution as much as 95 percent.
  • We partner with local communities to safeguard critical marine and coastal ecosystems in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and Gulf of California. Throughout Latin America, we help uphold the fundamental right of all communities to have a say in the decisions that affect their environment.