UNDP, August 30, 2021

El Salvador accelerates nature-based climate actions through UNDP-supported project financed by the Adaptation Fund

Project addresses catastrophic impacts of climate change by promoting improved land-use practices, while addressing poverty, hunger and migration

An Adaptation Fund(AF) financed project in El Salvador, a natured-based climate change adaptation project has been launched by the Government, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), an implementing entity of the Fund.

Climate change is having severe impact on the lives and livelihoods of the people of El Salvador. Changes in rainfalls, droughts and floods have resulted in significant loss in the agricultural and livestock sectors. Over the past three decades, the impacts of climate change have cost the Salvadoran economy over US$2.2 billion in lost productivity, and according to the Interamerican Development Bank. If immediate measures do not take place, El Salvador’s GDP could drop by as much as 7% by 2030.

This new project will apply nature-based solutions to address droughts, extreme weather events, floods and other climate change-related impacts that are increasing poverty, malnutrition and migration in the Central American nation..

Restoration activities include the rehabilitatiation of sensitive ecosystems, agroforestry and silvopastoral systems that will be executed by the communities and local associations through the support of the Fund for Environmental Investment of the Americas (FIAES). Further, technical assistance and support will be provided by the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture to diversify income-generating activities, improve knowledge on local hydrology and climate change, and address unsustainable practices through informed territorial planning and inclusive governance.

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