A child pours water from a bowl into a reservoir.

El Salvador

At a Glance

The Central America Regional Program serves Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Climate change has emerged as a major threat to Central American communities, intensifying the destructive impacts of poor land-use practices and further stressing a region already vulnerable to drought, landslides, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events. USAID works across Central America to build the capacity of governments, people, places, and livelihoods to make better decisions and take actions to improve their resilience to climate change. USAID also promotes sustainable low-carbon growth by stimulating investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate-smart land practices that reduce emissions and contribute to economic growth.

 

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information.

    Climate Projections

    Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

    Sea Level Rise

    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture

    Ecosystems

    Energy & Infrastructure

    Human Health

    Water

    Funding and Key Indicators


    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $3 Million

    Adaptation

    $3 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    $6.5 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth

    0.61%

    % Forested Area

    12.6%

    Climate Change Information

    Climate Risk Profile

    Climate Risk Profile: El Salvador

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    Perfil de Riesgo Climático: El Salvador

    El Salvador Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    In November 2020, two back-to-back category 4 hurricanes, Eta and Iota, struck Central America, making landfall on the coast of Nicaragua, near its border with Honduras, and also affecting El Salvador and Guatemala. Altogether, they caused an estimated one billion US dollars in damage. Despite such impacts, the region was better able to prepare for and respond to Eta and Iota using space-based technologies.
    Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment can unlock human potential on a transformational scale.
    Climate change poses a significant global threat to food security and nutrition, largely through its impacts on agricultural production.