Anna Cederstav

Latin America Program Manager / Co-Executive Director of AIDA International Program


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Dr. Anna Cederstav was born and raised in Sweden. In 1980, her family moved to Connecticut where she attended Greenwich High School and Yale University. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Anna has a broad background in organic and environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, and environmental policy. She is fluent in Spanish and Swedish.

Anna joined Earthjustice’s International program as Staff Scientist in 1998. She is also Co-Executive Director of the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), a hemispheric environmental law group of which Earthjustice is a founding participating organization. In 2001, Anna served on the global assurance committee for the Mining, Minerals, and Sustainable Development project, and she is currently on the Board of the Center for Science in Public Participation.

When she is not traveling, Anna and her husband Adam spend their time renovating their fixer-upper California bungalow, cooking, practicing yoga, entertaining their parrot, or enjoying the great outdoors.

The Latest from Anna Cederstav

"#COP21 - Human Energy à la Tour Eiffel à Paris" by Yann Caradec
December 11, 2015

COP21: Mainstreaming Climate Change Within Financial Institutions

Financial institutions are crucial players in the global fight against climate change. In order for countries around the world to successfully pursue low-carbon and climate-resilient development, significant funds will need to be harnessed.
A breaching gray whale off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
June 11, 2015

Underwater Mining in Mexico Threatens Gray Whale Nursery

The region’s first proposed underwater phosphate mine will expose thousands of migrating whales and sea turtles to potential harm.
December 13, 2011

Report Shows Climate Change Threats To Communities in Latin America

Consider this: the United States has contributed 28.75 percent of historical, cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while all Central and South American nations combined have only contributed 3.58 percent. And that, although the population of Latin America is nearly double that of the United States. Of course, the tricky thing about climate change is that…
October 7, 2011

Environmental Costs of Gold Soar in The Americas

Many of us wear gold jewelry, and almost all of us use electronic devices that contain small amounts of gold. And of course, people who invested in gold have reaped a nice profit as the price of gold has almost doubled during the past three years. But do we ever think about what that gold…
November 23, 2010

Costa Rica Bans Open-Pit Metal Mining

Ban is a result of work by Earthjustice, AIDA and allies
June 8, 2009

They Used to Kill Dolphins

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Don Federico, a Panamanian fisherman who has spent more than 26 years at sea and has thousands of stories to share. He told us what it was like when he first began fishing: "We saw dolphins, whales, sharks and turtles everywhere. Out of ignorance, the fishing…
October 23, 2008

Ecuador Gives Rights to Nature

Most environmentalists believe that nature has a right to exist for its own sake, but that’s not how the law works in our country. In the United States, nature is defensible only if a human will miss the forest, species, or clean water when it is gone. To use the law, a human must first…