Environment Protection Agency - Sierra Leone

Office of the President

21 Old Railway Line, Brookfields, Freetown ​​​​ 



Core Functions


The main functions of the Agency as described in Section 12 of Part Three of the EPA Act of 2008 as amended in July 2010 are the following:.​​ 

  • Environmental policy making and Legislation.​​ The Agency is responsible for the formulation of policies on all aspects of the environment. It also​​ initiates legislative regulatory proposals, standards and guidelines on the environment in accordance with the EPA Act of 2008.

  • Pollution control.​​ The Agency prescribe standards and guidelines relating to ambient air, water and ​​ soil quality, the pollution of air, water, land and other forms of environmental pollution including the discharge of wastes and the control of toxic substances.

  • Overall coordination.​​ The Agency is in charge of coordination of all environmental management efforts among government institutions, international and regional organizations, and other related institutions.


  • Education and Awareness raising on the Environment.​​ The Agency is responsible for the creation of public awareness of the environment and its importance to the economic and social life of Sierra Leoneans.


  • Enforcement and Compliance.​​ ​​ The Agency ensures compliance with laid down environmental impact assessment procedures in the planning and execution of development projects, including compliance in respect of existing projects.​​ 


  • Environmental Impact Licensing.​​ The Agency reviews and approves environmental impact assessments  ​​​​ and  ​​​​ environmental  ​​​​ impact statements submitted in accordance with the EPA Act of 2008 or any other sector law.


  • Environmental Integration.​​ The Agency ensures the integration of environmental and climate change concerns in overall national planning by developing modalities and maintaining linkages or partnerships with relevant Government Ministries, departments and Agencies


  • Environmental Research.​​ The Agency​​ undertakes such studies and submits such reports and recommendations with respect to the environment as the Government or Board may consider necessary.


  • Mobilize, expedite and monitor resources for environmental management.​​ The Agency develops plans and programs with environment management issues that can be funded from multiple funding sources.


  • Strengthen private sector involvement in Environmental Management.​​ Liaise with the private sector, non-governmental agencies, Community Based Organizations on issues relating to the environment.