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For immediate release
January 22, 2012
Contact: Mauricio Vivero

Environmental Lawyers and Civil Society Leaders from Central America convene in San Salvador

The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) convene partners for a regional conference to discuss environmental issues, climate change, poverty, and women’s empowerment.


San Salvador, January 23, 2012:  This week SIF and ELAW will convene more than seventy Central American partners in San Salvador, to critically analyze the links between climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and existing legislation to address these issues.  Conference participants work throughout the region to combat the effects of these phenomenon and their social consequences. In addition, partners will discuss the impact of pollution and the adverse effects of climate change on rural communities and marginalized populations, specifically women.

The conference agenda includes a visit to the Rio Sucio, where participants will meet with private sector and government stakeholders to discuss plans to clean up and protect the river’s watershed. In addition, participants will speak with community members directly affected by lead poisoning, as a result of the pollution caused by industrial waste.

Environmental lawyers from throughout Central America and the U.S. will attend the event. This meeting is sponsored by the Seattle International Foundation, in collaboration with partners ELAW and Fundación Nacional para el Desarrollo (FUNDE).

The Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Herman Rosa Chávez, will give welcoming remarks at the inaugural event on January 24th at 7:00 pm. Mr. Rosa will discuss Central America’s position on climate change, which he recently presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

On January 27th at 5:00 pm, the President of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, His Excellency Mr. Sigfrido Reyes, will provide closing remarks for the conference.

Representatives from the media are invited to attend the opening ceremony on Tuesday, January 24th from 5:00PM – 9:00PM at the Hotel Real Intercontinental. To view the complete conference agenda, click here.

The previous regional meeting was held in Santo Domingo, Costa Rica, and in Antigua, Guatemala in 2009. 


ELAW is a global alliance of over 300 attorneys and environmental scientists, from over 70 countries, collaborating to promote environmental justice and a sustainable future for communities around the world.

SIF is a Foundation based in Seattle, Washington that supports poverty alleviation efforts around the world through grantmaking and other activities, with a strategic focus on Central America. SIF supports local leaders and institutions working to solve the region’s most critical issues including violence against women, environmental degradation, and due process of law.


  • ELAW San Salvador: 
    • Victor Hugo Mata Tobar 77437-9718
    • Luis Francisco López Guzmán 7747-2171
  • ELAW USA: Bern Johnson, Executive Director,
  • SIF: Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director,


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