The Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) recently honored ELAW partner organization Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) for its “contributions to the defense of the environment, natural resources and people’s health by strengthening, implementation, consolidation and enforcement of the existing legal system.” CEMDA received The Recognition of Commitment to Others Award- the highest distinction CEMEFI bestows, reserved for the most successful NGOs and individuals in the Mexican social sector.
In CEMDA’s most recent biennial report, director Gustavo Alanis Ortega credits CEMDA’s recent success to the implementation of recommendations from a 2009 strategic planning exercise and the performance of the organization’s Quintana Roo and La Paz offices under the new leadership of Alejandra Serrano Pavón and Agustín Bravo respectively.
These offices, as well as the CEMDA-DF office in Mexico City, have been strengthening their work related to the care, protection and conservation of protected natural areas and also endemic, threatened or endangered flora and fauna.
In the last few years, CEMDA has shifted its focus toward human rights and fostering transparency, public participation and, access to information within environmental decision making processes. CEMDA also participated in the 2010 COP 16 climate change meetings held in Cancun.
ELAW has collaborated with CEMDA for more than 15 years.
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