Apaneca Ilamatepec

Impact Story

Impact story: Apaneca Ilamatepec

The Ministry of environment and natural resources of El Salvador developed a comprehensive analysis based on mapping several restoration opportunities. Forest landscape restoration as critical approach was implemented resulting in benefits concerning water management, biodiversity conservation, land use management and climate change adaptation. Apaneca Ilamatepec represents a impact story for forest rehabilitation and agroforestry systems for coffee and cacao production in a sustainable manner.

Main observed land use corresponds to coffee, sugar cane, grain, grass and conifer forest
The renovation of 150 hectares of coffee aims to diversify the supply of ecosystems services and goods while introducing best practices on coffee varieties resilient to the effects of climate change. These absorb possible impacts of commodity prices fluctuations and uncertainties from climate phenomena
Based on FLR strategies, such as reforestation and natural regeneration activities, about 250 hectares of gallery forest have been restored, in addition to 100 hectares of natural regeneration
In order to restore the ecological functionality of the landscape, 200 hectares for basic grains production have been improved through soil conservation
The development of agroforestry systems in 230 hectares for cacao production follows the principle of focus on landscape, generating income for the locals, diversifying products supply and balancing across the landscape a mosaic of interdependent land uses


Natural forest Natural forest

    Coffee production

Cropland Cropland

Water Water