El Salvador

Assessment: Underway


1 million hectares
  • 2012 1 million hectares by 2020

A complete commtiment to restoring land

In 2012, Herman Rosa Chavez, El Salvador’s Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, announced his country’s commitment to restore one million hectares of degraded land as a contribution to the Bonn Challenge at the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC meeting in Doha, Qatar.

“Our commitment to restoring one million hectares - half the country’s territory - is a serious and desperate response to a changing climate that earned El Salvador the first and fourth places in Germanwatch´s Global Climate Risk Index in 2009 and 2011, respectively," Chavez said in his announcement at the COP. "With adequate support, landscape restoration at this scale will also allow us to make an important contribution to climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation, greatly enhancing our carbon sinks, improving livelihoods, ecosystem services and disaster resilience. Landscape restoration may be seen as a mitigation strategy," he said, "but for El Salvador it is an urgent and essential element for adaptation and reducing escalating climate related losses and damages.”

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