El Salvador GCF Readiness Programme

Quezaltepeque, San Salvador Volcano, San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America. Credit: Christian Kober

Country Background

El Salvador has low greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to other Latin American countries.  In terms of vulnerability to climate change, however, it is one of the more vulnerable countries in the region. In recent years, storms and droughts have had human and economic impacts in El Salvador, affecting mainly the rural poor.  The damage caused by hurricanes, mud slides, and flooding during 2009 and 2010 in El Salvador brought climate change to the forefront of national policy and planning. 

El Salvador has put a particular emphasis on adaptation, focusing on the agriculture, water resources, infrastructure and health sectors, as well as restoration of critical ecosystems and rural landscapes, and urban and coastal zoning. The country is committed to low carbon urban development, and is developing a mitigation program as part of its climate change strategy. 

Overview of the National Readiness Plan

Based on identified climate finance needs, the GCF Readiness Programme will work with El Salvador to build capacity in the following focus areas: 

  • Managing climate finance, including putting in place the operational and institutional arrangements for the national Accredited Entity.
  • Effectiveness of small and medium enterprises, micro-enterprises, and executing entities in the design and implementation of climate change projects that yield environmental and social benefits.
  • Building a climate finance project portfolio with the Inter-Institutional Climate Finance Committee, municipal governments and non-governmental stakeholders. 

In implementing these activities, the Programme works closely with the Viceministerio de Cooperación para el Desarrollo, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales and the Secretaría Técnica de Financiamiento Externo, as well as other public and private sector stakeholders.