El Salvador and the Right to Water: Now what?


One way or another, El Salvador is going to have to get a handle on its water supply. In the most water-stressed country in Central America, over 90% of the country’s surface water, from places like rivers and streams, is not considered safe for drinking. Census data shows that in 2011, some 28% of rural […]

Still Awaiting Results after Elections in El Salvador


Over the last 10 years El Salvador has implemented a number of progressive policies to improve transparency throughout the democratic process and assure voters’ rights. EcoViva has supported this progress by partnering with SHARE to support international observers for the past two elections. I had the privilege of assuming this role for the March 1st […]

Farmer cooperatives, not Monsanto, supply El Salvador with seed

Corn seed

In the face of overwhelming competition skewed by the rules of free trade, farmers in El Salvador have managed to beat the agricultural giants like Monsanto and Dupont to supply local corn seed to thousands of family farmers. Local seed has consistently outperformed the transnational product, and farmers helped develop El Salvador’s own domestic seed […]

100,000 Sea Turtles Released in El Salvador!

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Last week, the community of Montecristo celebrated completing the first phase of the “Quelonia” project, named after the Spanish classification for turtles and spearheaded by FIAES. During the peak of sea turtle season (August-January), community members incubated 125,000 eggs in the community run hatchery and released a total of 100,000 baby sea turtles, surpassing its […]

Communities Organized for Sustainable Resource Management

Mangrove channel

Happy World Wetlands Day! Winding through the river canals that branch off the Bay of Jiquilisco, my colleague from the Mangrove Association points out the five native mangrove species, numerous birds and reptiles, and overall diversity of life that inhabits the forests. Mangroves and their firmly perched roots sustain an impressive ecosystem. The maze-like network […]

Community Members and Engineers Team up for Solar

OU students and youth leaders from San Hilario hoist the solar panels onto the roof.

What do you get when you mix bright minds, a little sweat, and lots of sunshine? Simple: innovative community-led solutions for a sustainable future. During Thanksgiving week, residents of the community of San Hilario and engineers from the University of Oklahoma teamed up to harness the power of the sun and expand learning opportunities for […]

Conflict over land use tops meeting agenda with Ministers in Usulután

Community leader from La Tirana, Pablo Ramirez, discusses the need for immediate action to the Minister of Environment Lina Pohl, Minister of the Interior Arístides Valencia, Mayor of Jiquilisco David Barahona, and Congresswoman Estela Hernandez to in order to prevent the planting of sugar cane along critical mangrove forests.

Community leadership from the Mangrove Association and La Coordinadora del Bajo Lempa y Bahia de Jiquilisco–alongside the Mayor of Jiquilisco–convened a meeting on Tuesday with the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of the Interior, to discuss local concerns about unregulated agricultural and development activities that threaten mangrove and coastal areas critical to local […]

Sea Turtle Conservation and its Local Protagonists

Oscar Giovanny Díaz, who coordinates the turtle conservation project on Playa Los Negros, shows us how the hatchery works.

  It’s a cloud-covered night, and we’re walking briskly along Playa Los Negros, a beach that, apart from washed up driftwood and litter from the nearby mouth of the Lempa River, is practically untouched. Gio occasionally flicks on his flashlight to illuminate the way or scan the waves; most of the time, though, we walk in the dark. Our goal: to […]

Planting Financially Sustainable Seeds in the Lower Lempa


The team of MBA students arrived on a Tuesday, tired from their overnight flight, but enthused by the energy of being in El Salvador. For our MBA capstone project at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), we had been working on a business plan for a newly formed agricultural cooperative, Xinachtli, based in rural […]