Implementation of the Convention
Initiatives in Protected Areas
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources agreed on, in conjunction with diverse sectors of society, instruments among which policies and strategies can be quoted to harmonize the sustainable use of biodiversity. Through an enlarged process of intersectoral consultations, the National Strategy for the Management of Natural Protected Areas and Biological Corridors was developed in 2005, in which strategic axes, priority activities and national objectives were established. At the local level, objectives and indicators were included in the management plans of Protected Areas. At this time, 11 management plans have already been formulated, another 5 are currently being updated and revised and one is in the process of being devised. The management plans are structured in programs, subprograms, objectives, targets and specific activities and monitoring indicators, and are subject to revision and updates every 5 years.
Initiatives for Article 8(j)
El Salvador, to address issues related to indigenous communities, designed the project "Integrating ecosystem management in indigenous communities," that includes Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. It is oriented to support a network of indigenous communities compromised with the integrated ecosystem management in the region of Central America, within the framework of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development. The project was approved in May 21, 2004, but its implementation is still pending.