Latin America resources

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We've added new web sites to our Useful Links Database. Check out the Central America, Mexico, and South America sections, or just use the search button at the top of the links page. If you notice links we've missed that you've found useful and would like to share, you can add them to the database yourself using this online submission form. We also offer a Spanish-language listserve (members only). You can search the archives here. To sign up for the listserve, send a request to

Listed below is a selection of some of the best websites from SEJ's fully searchable Useful Links Database, referenced above.

Know of an essential, front-line resource we should add directly to the list below? Feedback or comments on this page? Mándanos un Email a SEJ Programs Associate Talli Nauman (en Español).

Border issues

Borderlands Guide
Information on the ecosystems and local environmental priorities in the border region shared by the United States and Mexico. Includes Resource Guides to the Sonoran Desert, the Chihuahuan Desert, the Gulf of Mexico, Sea of Cortez and Copper Canyon, as well as a comprehensive directory of links to other border-specific websites.

Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP)
A binational consortium of US and Mexican universities researches and analyzes current and emerging environmental, ecological, and human health issues in the border region such as air, water, and hazardous waste problems. Also in Spanish.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
TCEQ's Border page defines the U.S.-Mexico border region, lists border activities, offers links to other border-related websites, covers pollution prevention and international waste, and provides a section of FAQs. Available in English and Spanish.

Government links

Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Information about environmental laws and enforcement in Mexico, United States, Canada. Commission formed by the three countries to complement NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. In Spanish, English and French.

Federal Institute of Access to Public Information, Mexico (IFAI)
The IFAI is the agency in charge of guaranteeing the right to access public governmental information, protecting the personal data that is in the hands of the federal government, and ruling on denials of access to information from the agencies and entities of the federal government.

Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA)
Huge international scientific coalition, led by Brazil, including NASA/GSFC, University of New Hampshire, and many others. The project is studying the effects of deforestation on climate, species, nutrient cycling and other natural systems.

UCLA's Latin America Institute
Includes Program on Argentina, Program on Brazil, Program on Mexico, Quechua Teaching and Research, and more.

Mexico Online: Government and Politics
Information on politics and elections, various institutes, the Mexican cabinet, transportation, trade commission, embassies and consulates (including in the U.S and Canada), tourism offices, the Constitution of Mexico, the Presidential home page, government agencies and private organizations.

National Institute of Amazon Research
Premier research arm in Western Amazon region. (Note: Known in Brazil as INPA, or Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia.

Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)
Home page of Mexico's environment ministry. News releases, program plans, statistics and other materials. Spanish with an English section of translated current Ministry documents, such as the Mexican Environmental Law, the National Program for Environment and Natural Resources 2001-2006 and more.

Media links

Belize newspaper. English language.

Daily Earth: Mexico Newspapers
Links to Mexican newspapers and the CIA World Factbook on Mexico. The Factbook provides a map and info on the country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues.

El Universal
Mexico news in Spanish, plus selected articles in English via partnership with The Miami Herald.

Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive; A digital literacy guide for the information age
The result of an initiative from the J-Lab at the University of Maryland, and the Knight Citizen News Network, this book can be downloaded in PDF format for free from The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. Author, US journalist Mark Briggs, describes the book as "a practical manual, although it contains enough theoretical elements to serve as an introduction to digital journalism." Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

NewsLink: Mexican newspapers
Links to newspapers from Baja California to Zacatecas.

Novedades de Quintana Roo
Cancun newspaper. Offers an automatic site language translator.

Mexico City newspaper. Spanish only.

An IPS (Inter Press Service), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) joint initiative, which includes associated media in Latin America, for the production of a weekly page on environment and sustainable development, written and edited by IPS. Tierramérica stories are published by a growing number of leading national newspapers in the region, and on the Tierramérica web site, appearing in Spanish, English and Portuguese. The project includes the development of other products, among them a radio programme, CD-ROMs and educational materials.

Private organizations

Extensive data on the Brazilian Amazon, including the structure of public and private agencies, both Brazilian and foreign, that are active in the region. Specific information on federal conservation reserves such as their areas, date and reason of creation, vegetation, fauna, topography, associated conflicts. Offers a free, weekly newsletter.

Brazil Environment
Brazilink's broad collection of Internet links to research, e-libraries, international sources, maps, media, government and political institutions, NGOs, water, forestry, law, climate change, and much more relating to Brazil's environment. Edited by Professor Joseph Domask of American University in Washington, D.C.

"The hip gringo's guide to Brazil" features immersion travel, geotourism, cultural tourism and ecotourism in South America's largest and most diverse country. Acclaimed in The Guardian of London, the SonntagsZeitung of Zurich and on the Travel Channel website. Edited by Bill Hinchberger, former correspondent in Brazil for The Financial Times and Business Week.

Comisión Nacional Para El Conocimiento y Uso De La Biodiversidad (Conabio)
Home page of Mexico's National Biodiversity Commission, in Spanish. Includes a biodiversity database and outlines of the commission's structure and major programs.

This searchable almanac of current and past conservation projects in Mesoamerica is a project of the Rainforest Alliance with support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, CR-USA Foundation, Overbrook Foundation, Spray Foundation, Mexican Nature Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Trust for Conservation in Guatemala, and the Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Program of Costa Rica. English and Spanish.

Embrapa (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária)
AKA Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation. Working to transfer sustainable farming methods to Brazilian operations. Site is in Portuguese; available in English and Spanish.

Investigative Reporters and Editors en Español
Located at the Missouri School of Journalism, IRE was formed in 1975 to help journalists throughout the world help each other by sharing story ideas, newsgathering techniques and news sources. The group launched this Spanish-language version of its home page in 2005. IRE has had a Mexico program since 1996 — Periodistas de Investigación.

Mexico's Right-to-Know Reforms: Civil Society Perspectives
This 2007 book is a joint publication of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research. A joint trinational project examining Mexico's challenges in FOIA application provides state-of-the-art analysis from dozens of experts. Available in English and Spanish, in free downloadable PDFs by section or hard copy.
Environmental news about and resources for Latin America. A small sampling:

Red de Comunicación Ambiental de América Latina y el Caribe
Environmental Communication Network for Latin America and the Caribbean — a network to promote cooperation and the interchange of information between environmental journalists and communicators in Latin America and the Caribbean.//La Red Calc tiene por finalidad promover la cooperación y el intercambio de información entre periodistas y comunicadores ambientales de América Latina y el Caribe.


Periodismo Ambiental En Línea (Environmental Journalism On Line)
A resource of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, this Spanish language web site provides links and information about environmental coverage in Mexico and Latin America.//Periodismo Ambiental en línea es un recurso del Centro Knight de Periodismo Ambiental en la Universidad Estatal de Michigan, programa que entrena a estudiantes y periodistas para cubrir temas ambientales en los medios de comunicación.

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