Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA)
CEMDA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) that seeks to contribute to national efforts for defending the environment and natural resources through the strengthening, consolidation, harmonization and effective enforcement of the current environmental regulations.
We foster changes in favor of the environment. Our Mission is to contribute law enforcement and development in order to preserve and protect the environment and work in favor of sustainability. Our Goal is to influence and effectively impact environmental management, with a participatory approach.
To also foster changes in favor of society, CEMDA has a number of program areas: Air and Energy, Biodiversity, Trade and Environment, Environmental Litigation, Human Rights and Environment , Communications and Strategic Projects; two regional offices aside from the headquarters, one in Cancun (state of Quintana Roo, Southeastern Region) set up in 2001 with the strategic goal of protecting the Mesoamerican Reef and of ensuring that all development in the Yucatan Peninsula is sustainable and complies with environmental laws, the second regional office in La Paz covers the Northwest region of Mexico, including the Gulf of California until the border with the United States; it aims to foster an environmentally viable development in agreement with the applicable envrionmental legal framework.
Other current projects include training and assisting TAI-Panama, working with members of the Government to implement recommendations from two TAI state assessments, developing and beginning to implement an Action Plan for the Federal District in Mexico, and translating the Code Green program into indigenous languages.