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Land and Resources, Environmental Issues

soil contamination, soil erosion, Water pollution, safe water, pesticides

El Salvador has one of the highest annual rates of deforestation in the world. Less than 1 percent of the nationís total land area is designated as protected. The high percentage of primary forest that has disappeared over the years has produced problems such as poor water quality and soil erosion, especially in areas of steep terrain and thin soils. Water pollution and soil contamination from pesticides and disposal of toxic wastes have also become serious problems. The countryís high population density, especially in the metropolitan area of San Salvador, contributes to urban environmental problems, including air and water pollution. In urban areas, most people have access to safe water, but less than half the people in rural areas do.



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