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The projects will benefit about 1,500 people through the restoration of more than 9000 hectares of degraded landscapes through the implementation of agroforestry and silvopastoral systems, soil conservation and other techniques.

21 September 2020. The Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) together with the European Union, the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMU), the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) virtually launch the first round of Green Development Fund projects aimed at restoring ecosystems and landscapes in Central America and the Dominican Republic as a nature-based solution to increase the resilience to climate change of the member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

"We continue to move forward on environmental issues and promote them as priority in all plans, policies and programs. These initiatives help the sustainability of SICA's member countries" said Sumaya Castillo, Nicaragua's Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and President Pro Tempore of the CCAD..

The first round of projects of the Green Development Fund start in Guatemala in the department of Santa Rosa, in El Salvador in the departments of Ahuachapán, Santa Ana and Sonsonate, in Costa Rica in the cantons of Puriscal and Turrubares and in the Dominican Republic in the province of San Juan de la Maguana. The objective is to benefit around 1,500 people through the recovery of 9,010 hectares of degraded forest with the implementation of agroforestry and silvopastoralist systems, soil conservation works, reforestation and natural regeneration; as well as to promote the cooperation of the private sector in co-financing restoration actions.

“Climate change and environmental degradation are among the main challenges facing the SICA region, Europe and the world; overcoming them requires joint effort as well as innovative actions by those interested in a healthy planet; that is why, together with CCAD and the Ministry of Environment of the Federal Republic of Germany, we created the Green Development Fund for the SICA region to promote local investment in ecosystem restoration activities at the landscape level. The program seeks to encourage participation and co-investment through multi-stakeholder partnerships so that the countries can more effectively deal with the adverse effects of climate change, but above all to improve the quality of life of Central Americans and Dominicans" amplió el Jefe de Unidad para Centroamérica y el Caribe de la Dirección General de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo de la Comisión Europea, Felice Zaccheo.

These projects are part of the first phase of the Green Development Fund. As a whole, we will promote the restoration of forest ecosystems and landscapes, and the recovery of the rural economy will be encouraged. This is part of the measures that the European Union is promoting in the Central American region in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic" said Erick Kristensen, Attaché for European Union Cooperation in El Salvador. Erick Kristensen.

In addition, to measure the social and environmental changes that are achieved with the implementation of these projects, a robust monitoring system has been developed that allows to monitor impacts. "Restoring ecosystems and landscapes does not only imply planting trees; it is a systematic process of territorial planning, of coordinating among actors to create incentives for a new economy of sustainable restoration. This process implies the development of a monitoring system that has tools to measure the current status of forest cover, the amount of carbon that is captured, erosion and water infiltration, as well as the ecological connectivity of the landscape so that over time we can verify changes in the ecosystems and landscapes where the projects will be implemented," said Jan Bock, Director of the Green Development Fund for the SICA region.

The General Director of Ecosystems and Biodiversity of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador, Miguel Gallardo, presented the investment project to be implemented through the Environmental Investment Fund of El Salvador (FIAES) and the director of the Green Development Fund, Jan Bock, presented the pilot projects to be implemented in Guatemala by the National Institute of Forests (INAB), administered by the Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources and Environment in Guatemala (FCG), in El Salvador by the Foundation for Socioeconomic Development and Restoration (FUNDESYRAM), in Costa Rica by the Agroindustrial and Multiple Services Cooperative of Puriscal (Coopepuriscal R.). L.) and in the Dominican Republic by the mission group of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Monteils.

The event was attended by ministers and environmental technical teams from SICA countries; European Union officials, representatives of the financial mechanisms that will manage the project funds; and representatives and technical teams from international, regional and national organizations working in the field.

The Green Development Fund for the SICA region is financed by the European Union and the Federal Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Germany (BMU) within the framework of the BMU's International Climate Initiative (IKI), in coordination with the Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) and implemented by the German International Cooperation, GIZ.

For more information:

Débora Ayala, communications officer of the Green Development Fund for the SICA region,

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