The Challenges of Climate Change in Central America: Opportunities for the Biden Administration


Published on Apr 16, 2021

Central America is acutely vulnerable to climate change. The impacts of temperature increases, extreme weather events, flooding and drought are magnified by the continued degradation and loss of soil cover, the growing influence of criminal organizations, fiscal constraints, and a rights crisis reflected in forced displacement and the killings of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and other local populations. These phenomena are particularly evident in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

As the Biden administration looks to enhance climate resilience in Central America, understanding how climate change is interacting with the multiple drivers of migration in the region is critical to developing responses that reduce inequalities and build the capacity of communities on the ground.

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