“USULUTAN PROVINCE, El Salvador – ‘Without the mangroves, we couldn’t live here,’ says José Antonio Hernández. ‘We wouldn’t have any water.’
He is standing on a rare dry patch of soil amid a mangrove forest on El Salvador’s eastern coast. While his green button-up shirt bears the logo of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MARN), Juan works as a volunteer on his daily patrols of the mangroves.
José Horacio Soriano accompanies Hernández on the patrol. They both work as Natural Resource Guards for the Mangrove Association, a coalition of 80 communities that protects the mangroves of Usulután province.”
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