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1.Signed on April 28, 2000; Entered into force on April 28, 2000.
1.We, the representatives of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ho-
nduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, and the Republic of China (ROC)
gathered in the city of San Salvador on April 26th to 28th, 20
00, to exchange views on cooperation on integrated environmen-
tal planning for sustainable development.
2.Dr. Hsung-Hsiung Tsai, the Administrator of the Environmental
Protection Administration of the Republic of China expressed
that, although the ROC is not a party to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), however, as a
member of the global village, the ROC is willing to voluntari-
ly control greenhouse gas emission to protect the global envi-
3.The Ministers of the Environment of Central America recognize
with satisfaction the ROC's initiative toward global climate
change, and express their interest in establishing a cooperat-
ion regime with the ROC in subjects related to sustainable de-
4.Administrator Tsai of the Environmental Protection Administra-
tion of the Republic of China expressed the ROC's willingness
to provide technical assistance in developing national and re-
gional versions of the MARKAL-MACRO model. The technical prod-
ucts of these models will allow the Central American nations
to explore co-benefits of integrated planning and implementat-
ion of policies on a variety of multi-media environmental iss-
ues. These issues include, but are not limited to, mitigation
in greenhouse gas emissions, pollution prevention, air-quality
management, and waste management.
5.The Ministers of the Environment of Central America recognize
that sustainable development is a challenge to the developing
economies in Central America and that the MARKAL-MACRO model
can be used to identify the critical linkages in the interrel-
ated energy-environmental-economic problems and can facilitate
the development of market-based environmental management prog-
rams. Quantitative analysis of specific projects based on joi-
nt model-runs can also be used to identify investment opportu-
nities in Central America that will generate low-cost reducti-
ons in greenhouse gas emissions.
6.The Central American nations recognize the experience of the
United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Brookha-
ven National Laboratory of the United States Department of En-
ergy in using the model, and express the desire to avail them-
selves of their expertise in an advisory capacity with regard
to the development of national and regional models in Central
America, as well as to build capabilities in training, databa-
ses & information systems management, and institutional stren-
7.The Ministers of the Environment of Central America agree to
assign technical personnel to be trained, with the support of
ROC, in the management of the MARKAL-MACRO model and will eva-
luate the long term applicability in the light of other models
, the local institutional capacity, the cost-efficiency crite-
ria, and other considerations.
8.The signatory nations agree to initiate the training and deve-
lopment program starting 2000. At its conclusion, or sooner
if appropriate, the signatory nations will jointly design fut-
ure options related to the application of the program.

Signed in the city of San Salvador, Republic of El Salvador on
the 27th of April of 2000.

Dr. Hsung-Hsiung Tsai (signature)
Environmental Protection Administration
Republic of China

Hon. Anna Patricia Arceo (signature)
Minister of State
Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Industry

Dr. Ana Maria Majano (signature)
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Republic of El Salvador

Mr. Haroldo Erick Quej Chen (signature)
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources
Republic of Guatemala

Eng. Xiomara Gomez de Caballero (signature)
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Republic of Honduras

Eng. Roberto Stadthagen (signature)
Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment
Republic of Nicaragua

Mr. Gonzalo Menendez Gonzalez (signature)
Vice-administrator General
National Authority for the Environment
Republic of Panama