A child pours water from a bowl into a reservoir.

El Salvador

At a Glance

The Central America Regional Program serves Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Climate change has emerged as a major threat to Central American communities, intensifying the destructive impacts of poor land-use practices and further stressing a region already vulnerable to drought, landslides, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events. USAID works across Central America to build the capacity of governments, people, places, and livelihoods to make better decisions and take actions to improve their resilience to climate change. USAID also promotes sustainable low-carbon growth by stimulating investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate-smart land practices that reduce emissions and contribute to economic growth.


    Funding and Key Indicators

    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $3 Million


    $3 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    $6.5 Million (2020)

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

    El Salvador Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    Climate change poses a significant global threat to food security and nutrition, largely through its impacts on agricultural production.
    Renewable energy technologies — including hydro, solar, wind and geothermal — account for the energy market’s fastest growing sector. Global renewable energy employs 9.8 million people, an 11 percent increase from 2015.
    On September 28, USAID/El Salvador signed agreements with three commercial banks in El Salvador to offer more than $53 million in partial loan portfolio guarantees under USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) program.