While recognized as part of the Mesoamerican hotspot, the country has only 2% of its natural forest cover remaining1. El Salvador’s natural watersheds are no longer able to absorb and release the runoff from rainfall and are completely unable to cope with the more extreme tropical storms and hurricanes which are hitting the area with increasing frequency. The majority of agricultural lands are degraded or eroded because of unsustainable land use practices, or unavailable because of massive urban growth.
In recent years, poverty, inequality of opportunity and environmental problems have increased, and criminal activity has escalated, giving El Salvador one of the highest homicide rates in the world2. The country’s unemployment/underemployment rate is around 42%.
SERES engages with at-risk youth in El Salvador by encouraging leadership and their involvement as active citizens leading community initiatives and fostering increased civil society participation that builds social coherence and community resilience. Follow this link to find out more about our programs and their impact.
1 Natural History Museum, London (2014) 2 USAID El Salvador Country Development Strategy