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EcoViva works in partnership and solidarity with community-led organizations in Central America organized to achieve environmental sustainability, economic security, social justice and peace. The vision and implementation of our programs come from our local partners.
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Environment
El Salvador faces many environmental problems due to limited environmental regulations and lack of education pertaining to environmental awareness.1 In light of widespread poverty and civil strife, the government has prioritized economic growth and political stability in recent years.2 Closely linked with the problem of water is the problem of deforestation. Forest cover has largely been destroyed and has made land and water sources more vulnerable to desertification.3 Another legitimate environmental concern is El Salvadorâ's vulnerability to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods.4 Additionally, the countryâ's natural water supplies are frequently corrupted by pollutants from factories and inadequate waste disposal.5

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1 http://www.progressio.org.uk/blog/empowered-blog/el-salvador-problem-water
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3 https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/6019
4 http://www.share-elsalvador.org/get-involved/learn-more/current-issues/climate-change
5http://www.progressio.org.uk/blog/empowered-blog/el-salvador-problem-water
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El Salvador News

Chippewa Herald 
The mother and former practicing physician in El Salvador had traveled to Wisconsin in August 2015, after meeting Debrah Adams and her husband, Bob Adams, and deciding to improve her education by coming to the U.S. to earn another degree. She and ... See more..
Insightcrime.org 
A journalistic investigation has revealed that Enrique Rais, a fugitive from corruption charges in El Salvador who is also reportedly the subject of a US investigation, has been living in a luxurious hideout in Switzerland, showcasing how Salvadoran ... See more..
SFGate 
When Mr. Calderon Sol took office, many opponents and some observers doubted whether he would enforce the terms of a U.N.-brokered peace treaty for El Salvador, which called for the removal of military officers who had participated in human rights ... See more..
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New York Times 
Armando Calderón Sol, the first president elected in El Salvador after 12 years of civil war, died on Monday in Houston. He was 69. His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his sister, Milena Calderón de Escalón, a member of the Salvadoran ... See more..
Insightcrime.org 
Around 85 percent of gang members in El Salvador have thought about distancing themselves from gang life or leaving entirely. But with few reported success stories, little is known about this process. In March 2017, a study by Florida International ... See more..
swissinfo.ch 
A controversial multimillionaire, wanted in El Salvador for corruption and fraud, has fled to Switzerland. Enrique R., who has dual Swiss and El Salvadoran nationality, officially took residence in a town on Lake Geneva last April, three months after ... See more..
Remezcla (blog) 
Viewers were scandalized when Top Chef El Salvador, their local version of the American reality series, prepared live iguanas during primetime television. The show's four finalists were tasked with slicing the reptiles into original dishes for the judges. See more..
Financial Times 
That was five years ago and Jocelyn tells the story now with the matter-of-fact tone born of growing up in a country where gangs threaten virtually the whole community — 247 of El Salvador's 262 municipalities by one recent count — and violence is an ... See more..
teleSUR English 
The political party, first established as a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla movement, was founded in a merger of five groups: the Communist Party of El Salvador, the Farabundo Marti Popular Forces of Liberation, the People's Revolutionary Army, the National ... See more..
MLSsoccer.com 
“He's an important player for us,” El Salvador defender Bryan Tamacas said. “He demonstrated it today on the field, that with a couple of touches he can make a play and get you a one-on-one vs. the 'keeper. It's good for us to have a player like him ... See more..
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Geography

Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras
Area

Total 21,041 sq km
Land 20,721 sq km
Water 320 sq km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (May to October); dry season (November to April); tropical on coast; temperate in uplands
Natural Resources

hydropower, geothermal power, petroleum, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

known as the Land of Volcanoes; frequent and sometimes destructive earthquakes and volcanic activity; extremely susceptible to hurricanes

volcanism: significant volcanic activity; San Salvador (elev. 1,893 m), which last erupted in 1917, has the potential to cause major harm to the country's capital, which lies just below the volcano's slopes; San Miguel (elev. 2,130 m), which last erupted in 2002, is one of the most active volcanoes in the country; other historically active volcanoes include Conchaguita, Ilopango, Izalco, and Santa Ana significant volcanic activity; San Salvador (elev. 1,893 m), which last erupted in 1917, has the potential to cause major harm to the country's capital, which lies just below the volcano's slopes; San Miguel (elev. 2,130 m), which last erupted in 2002, is one of the most active volcanoes in the country; other historically active volcanoes include Conchaguita, Ilopango, Izalco, and Santa Ana
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; water pollution; contamination of soils from disposal of toxic wastes

Demographics

Nationality
Salvadoran
Population
6,108,590 (July 2013 est.)
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Languages
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Finances

The smallest country in Central America geographically, El Salvador has the third largest economy in the region. With the global recession in 2009, real GDP contracted by 3.1%. The economy slowed even further during 2010-12. Remittances accounted for 17% of GDP in 2011 and were received by about a third of all households. In 2006, El Salvador was the first country to ratify the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which has bolstered the export of processed foods, sugar, and ethanol, and supported investment in the apparel sector amid increased Asian competition. El Salvador has promoted an open trade ...See More and investment environment and has completed a wave of privatizations extending to telecom, electricity distribution, banking, and pension funds. The Salvadoran Government maintained fiscal discipline during post-war reconstruction and reconstruction following earthquakes in 2001 and hurricanes in 1998 and 2005, but El Salvador's external debt has been mounting over the last several years. Taxes levied by the government include a value added tax (VAT) of 13%, income tax of 30%, excise taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, and import duties. The VAT accounted for about 51.7% of total tax revenues in 2011. El Salvador's external debt amounts to about one-fourth of GDP. In 2012, El Salvador successfully completed a $461 million compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - a United States Government agency aimed at stimulating economic growth and reducing poverty - in the country's northern region, the primary conflict zone during the civil war, through investments in education, public services, enterprise development, and transportation infrastructure. In January 2013, the MCC approved El Salvador as eligible for a possible second MCC compact. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$47.09 billion (2012 est.); $46.35 billion (2011 est.); $45.45 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

8.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 10.2% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, sugar, corn, rice, beans, oilseed, cotton, sorghum; beef, dairy products
Industries

food processing, beverages, petroleum, chemicals, fertilizer, textiles, furniture, light metals