TAP in Central America

Gender Equality and Environmental Management Guide for El Salvador

 September 18, 2023 – San Salvador, El Salvador

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in El Salvador launches its new “Gender Equality and Environmental Management Guide.”

The El Salvador Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Alinea International launched a new Guide for the integration of a gender approach in environmental management in El Salvador through the Canadian Technical Assistance Partnership – Expert Deployment Mechanism (TAP-EDM) project.

This short-term technical assistance initiative is a collaboration between El Salvador’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Embassy of Canada to El Salvador to strengthen its bilateral relationship, through training and support of key staff to develop and adopt well-informed and effective policies and programs to address gender gaps in environmental management.

This project is an important and pioneering effort in the region. All the Ministry’s departments in charge of this area participated in its creation, as well as the active and outstanding participation of the Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women (ISDEMU) and interaction with the Statistics and Census Office of the Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador.

Marco Heredia, a Canadian environmental and climate diplomacy expert, provided the technical assistance, sharing best practices, strategies, and tools for collecting and analyzing disaggregated data and indicators. Mr. Heredia developed the guide to enable the implementation of policies and programs that reduce unequal impacts on women and girls in environmental management from the consequences of environmental degradation, natural disasters, and climate change.

The guide considers the process for gender analysis of policies, programs and actions that follows the Gender-Based Analysis + (GBA+) model developed by the Department of Women and Gender Equality Canada. It includes a Theory of Change that serves as a strategic guide for the collection of information and a set of indicators as a first phase in the collection and framing of information that will allow for a gender-responsive approach to policies and programs.

“The publication of this guide contributes directly to fulfilling the mandate of the Law on Equality, Equity and the Eradication of Discrimination against Women, which is to develop gender-specific statistics and indicators on environmental management and the impact of environmental policies on the lives of women and men in El Salvador.

– Mr. Fernando Lopez, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador

The Government of Canada’s Technical Assistance Partnership-Expert Deployment Mechanism (TAP-EDM), a four-year, C$18.75M project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented by Alinea International provides short-term (up to 12 months) targeted technical assistance to National Government Entities from eligible OECD-DAC countries by enhancing the capacity of national-level institutions to manage policies and practices in a more gender-responsive and inclusive way, promoting social, political and economic opportunities in partner countries. Fully in line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), these initiatives will integrate gender equality, climate action, environmental sustainability, human rights and good governance into their key objectives. The mechanism is expected to provide over 200 Canadian professionals through 75-80 technical assistance initiatives designed to address capacity gaps to bring about the changes desired by host countries.