Pilot Project in El Salvador

The REDD+ Landscape CCAD-GIZ Program supports landscape restoration processes in the El Imposible – Barra de Santiago Conservation Area. The municipalities that participate in this initiative are Apaneca, Tacuba, San Francisco Menéndez, Jujutla, Acajutla, Guaymango, and San Pedro Puxtla. This area includes different ecosystem types, ranging from coastal-marine systems and mangroves to dry tropical forests, coffee plantations, and agriculture and livestock ecosystems.

Degradation in the area is caused by high pressure from agriculture and livestock activities in forest ecosystems, unsustainable use of natural resources, and poor agricultural practices that produce greater erosion, losses in soil productivity, and increased sedimentation in rivers.

In practical terms in the Ahuachapán Sur Micro-Region, the program seeks to:

  1. Protect forest ecosystems through the inclusion of key actions in the management plans for Protected Areas, particularly establishing forest fire control and prevention methods, improving protection infrastructure, and establishing plantations or fostering natural re-growth in affected areas.
  2. Increase forest ecosystems through agro-ecology crop zoning, establishing agroforestry systems (coffee, cocoa, and musaceae), and forest or fruit plantations.
  3. Restore degraded ecosystems, especially mangroves, through artisanal dredging of channels and ecological regeneration.
  4. Intervene in agriculture ecosystems by implementing local plans for sustainable agriculture production, promoting soil conservation practices and projects (for basic grain crops) and facilitating the implementation of agricultural best practices in sugarcane production.
  5. Promote ongoing inclusive dialogue to create favorable conditions for environmental governance, fostering spaces for interaction between local stakeholders.