Strengthening the national restoration strategy

Strengthening the national restoration strategy


In response to the launch of the Bonn Challenge, El Salvador committed to restoring one million hectares. The country's Ministry of Natural Resources and IUCN applied Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology (ROAM) to El Salvador in order to determine and analyze restoration options based on biophysical, social and economic criteria. The paper summarizes the main results generated in the ROAM application. 

Reported Takeaways

The analysis found that in the transition zones with the greatest value on carbon storage analysis, mangroves turned out to be the highest, compared with the second highest, riparian forest restoration. The potential restoration area with the identified transitions is practically equivalent to the goal to which El Salvador committed in the Bonn Challenge (1 million hectares). In response to these results, a national monitoring plan is being defined to monitor and measure the impact of restoration interventions in the medium and long term in an interinstitutional and interdisciplinary way, with team of people formed by MARN, FIAES, PRISMA, WRI, IUCN, and CRS.


McCarthy. R, Najera. M, Leanders. R 2017. Strengthening the national restoration strategy. MARN and IUCN. Documento de trabajo


  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador
  • IUCN