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Latino Daily News

Monday December 20, 2010

El Salvador Most Water-Stressed Country in Latin America

According to recent studies like the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), El Salvador will be the most water-stressed country in Central America in the future.

Population growth and climate change in the Central America region are driving this dire prediction.  Water demand is expected to grow by 300 percent by 2050 in the region.  To compound the problem the availability of renewable water could fall from current levels by 63 percent.

The study “The Economics of Climate Change in Central America: 2010” shows that El Salvador will be most negatively effected followed by Honduras and Nicaragua.  El Salvador is also the most deforested country in Latin America. 

The Central America region contributes a small part of the world’s green house gases emission, the leading cause of climate change, but is the most vulnerable to its negative effects.