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Aid type

Project-type interventions

El Salvador



€ 1,799,250
€ 1,079,550


The main problem that the project intends to face is the Lempa River Water Corridor’s degradation of ecosystems, along with the insufficient capacities of public institutions and civil society to promote adaptation actions to climate change. The main causes of the above issue are: a) Deterioration of ecosystem services due to climate change and variations in the water cycle (aquifer recharge zones in danger); increasing of erosion and loss of soil fertility that have led to a progressive loss of biodiversity; b) Deficit of environmental governance due to malfunction of the structures for consultation (Ramsar Local Committees) and more generally limited involvement of the civil society; c) Deficits in environmental governability resulting from evident dysfunctions in the decision-making processes managed by MARN. The project shall contribute to improve Lempa River Water Corridor’s ecosystems and increases levels of adaptation to climate change in El Salvador. The Lempa River represent the most important water resource in the country: its basin is a highly strategic territory at both national and international level. Not surprisingly, therefore, the area assumes high priority within the Programa Nacional de Restauración de Ecosistemas y Paisajes. The proposal is consistent with MARN's strategic guidelines: Water Safety; Ecosystems and Biodiversity; Territorial management. Once finalized, the Intervention will generate a significant improvement in the conditions of freshwater ecosystems and at the same time a strengthening of the capacities of institutions and civil society for a sustainable and participatory management of 4 (of the 5) Wetlands that conform the Trifinio Fraternidad transboundary Biosphere reserve (Giuja Complex, Cerrón Grande Reservoir, 5 Noviembre Basin, 15 Septiembre Basin): Results to be achieved: 1. The population has systems resilient to climate change through landscape protection and restoration practices: 3.040 residents in the intervention areas (1.456 women, 1.584 men) will benefit from the construction of soil protection works, from the development of warning systems against forest fires and the creation of 120 family-run agroecological production units; 2. Civil society increases participation in the promotion of environmental policies and programs: the consensus-building spaces’ enhancement (Ramsar Committees, ROLA and CEPA’s Plans) will allow 4.020 (2.135 women, 1.885 men) people to strengthen their adaptability and resilience to the impacts of climate change; 3. MARN strengthens its institutional function in the application of the current regulatory framework on environmental matters with the participation of other institutions and civil society: 917 MARN technicians and officials (starting from the Ecosystem and Biodiversity Directorate and the Forest Guard Unit) and 377 of other institutions (including ANDA and UES as partners) will update their tools and mechanisms for sustainable and participatory management of the territory. To this end, the research activity on ecosystem services conducted by the Bicocca University of Milan will be fundamental. The project will operate at 4 territorial levels: The project, over its 36-month duration, will produce a profound and lasting impact on 3 distinct aspects: ● Governance: by strengthening the partners (especially the MARN) and the consensus-building spaces (Ramsar Local Committees); ● Impact: by updating and perfecting the existing environmental regulatory framework; ● Best practices: by promoting new techniques and methodologies for adaptation to climate change and for research on ecosystem services read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 1,799,250 € 1,079,550


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 22000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-012590-02-8
  • Expected start date 2022/06/15
  • Completion date -
  • Finance type Standard grant
  • Flow type ODA
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 31161 - Food crop production 15%
  • 41010 - Environmental policy and administrative management 50%
  • 41030 - Biodiversity 35%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition significant objective
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance principal objective
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation principal objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • 15.1 - By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
  • 15.3 - By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • 6.6 - By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes