El Salvador

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El Salvador
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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Causes We Support

Human Rights
Clean Water
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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El Salvador News

VICE News 
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — When three transgender women were murdered within 72 hours in El Salvador back in February, local activists were shaken, but sadly not surprised. The string of murders was just the latest threat of violence against the ... See more..
National Catholic Reporter (blog) 
El Salvador and the Philippines have several things in common. Both are located on the rim of the Pacific Ocean, both suffered the consequences of Spanish colonization (the Philippines endured U.S. colonization as well), and both have been brutally ... See more..
Voice of America 
Ten of the world's leading human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have chosen three human rights defenders from Cambodia, El Salvador and Egypt as this year's finalists for the prestigious Martin Ennals ... See more..
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Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit announced today it has partnered with Millicom's subsidiaries Tigo Money to open up new remittance routes to El Salvador and Guatemala, enabling Salvadorans and Guatemalans abroad to send money ... See more..
For the past 19 years, having a miscarriage could land you a jail term in El Salvador. That could soon change after the country's government debates a landmark ... See more..
Once A Metro 
Few gave either El Salvador or Jamaica a hope of getting out of a group including the USA and Mexico at this year's CONCACAF Men's U-17 Championship. Fewer see them making it to the next round after their opening group stage games saw them beaten ... See more..
It's a win for the environment, and the government says it will retrain artisanal miners for new careers, but they're skeptical of politicians' promises. See more..
EL MOZOTE, El Salvador, April 19 (Reuters) - Survivors of 1981's El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation ... See more.. 
A self-defense group operating in a rural community of El Salvador is asking for formal legal recognition, a reminder of security concerns elsewhere in the region caused by similar non-state actors taking justice into their own hands. The group, based ... See more..
Financial Times 
Ratings agency S&P has downgraded El Salvador's sovereign credit rating to “selective default” after the government missed payments related to its pension debts. Sample the FT's top stories for a week. You select the topic, we deliver the news. Select ... See more..
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Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras

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


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


6,108,590 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


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

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