Latin America signs its first environmental pact, pioneer in protecting activists

Ranked as the deadliest region for environmental activists, according to records, the region accounts for 148 of the 212 murders committed in the world in 2019.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Thursday, Earth day, Latin America celebrated the entry into force of the Escazú Agreement, the first environmental pact in the region, ratified by 12 countries, and also a pioneering agreement in the world for being the first to protect environmental activists.

The region is rich in natural resources and at the same time is the scene of major environmental crimes. It is the most dangerous region in the world for environmental activists and is threatened by uncontrolled urbanization, overexploitation of livestock and increasing illegal mining.

It was in this context that the agreement, promoted by . . .

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