Minister of the Environment and other key stakeholders conduct joint operation at the Aberdeen Creek and the Western Area Peninsular Forest

A collection of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) constituting the Inter-Ministerial Committee have on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 conducted a joint monitoring exercise at the Aberdeen creek, Freetown. The operation came amidst several complaints about the increase in human encroachment into environmentally sensitive areas particularly within the Western Area, resulting in massive depletion of mangrove trees which are home to several marine species.

The MDAs include the Ministries of the Environment; Lands, Housing and Country Planning; Water Resources; Internal Affairs, Tourism and Cultural Affairs; Defence and Agriculture; Environment Protection Agency, National Protected Area Authority and the National Water Resources Management Agency. Leading the team was the Honorable Minister of the Environment, Professor Foday Moriba Jaward who doubles as current Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee. Speaking on the importance of the Aberdeen Creek, Professor Foday Jaward said that Sierra Leone was a party to the 1972 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and that, under the convention, Sierra Leone had an obligation to protect its wetlands.

The Sierra Leone Estuary, which includes the Aberdeen Creek, is the country’s only designated Ramsar site. The Aberdeen Creek has been the scene of intense human encroachment over the years. Consequently, this has occasioned the destruction of a substantial portion of mangroves and a disruption of the ecosystem in and around its precincts. The Honorable Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning, Dr. Turad Senesie called on fellow Sierra Leoneans to work together to sustainably manage the country’s natural resources. He stated that collaboration was key in solving the challenges that lay ahead of us. He called on his colleague Ministers to support one another in the course of executing His Excellency the President’s vision for a better Sierra Leone. The team proceeded to No. 2 River axis, where other similar environmental threats were by no means less visible. At No. 2 River, game guards and NPAA Rangers were urged to work together to forestall any further encroachment into protected areas. Freetown and other settlements around the country are saddled with water shortages particularly in the season and this has been accounted for partly by the incessant cutting down of trees and the indiscriminate construction of buildings in water catchment areas. Other government dignitaries in attendance included the Honorable Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt, Deputy Minister of Environment, the Deputy Defence Minister, the Executive Chairman of EPASL and the Executive Director of NPAA. This move sends a powerful signal that those who, for their selfish gains, have taken upon themselves to decimate the environment and put human safety at risk, do so at their own peril and that government will stop at nothing to ensure that human encroachment into protected areas is discountenanced.

For more information:Public Relations & Inter-sectoral Collaboration Directorate, EPASL92 Dundas Street, FreetownEmail: info@epa.gov.sl, epasierraleone@gmail.com Phone: +23288542660; +2327678752119People Reached3EngagementsBoost PostLikeCommentShare

International Data Expert for the capacity building initiative for transparency (CBIT) Project

Procurement Number: EPA-SL/CCS/NCB/002/2021

Date of First Issued: 17th February 2021

The Environment Protection Agency has received funds fromGEF for the procurement of hiring an international expert consultant to assess available climate data, existing data generation systems and a list of data sources necessary to include in the new transparency system and to provide recommendations for same and now invitesproposals from eligible consultant.

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) is implementing a three-years CBIT funded project “Assess available climate data, existing data generation systems” The UNFCCC enhanced transparency framework demands substantial and immediate progress in the countries’ domestic Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and strategic de-carbonization planning. This entails moving from often disintegrated and often different-methodological approaches in data management to an integrated and robust system. The success of the Paris Agreement hinges on enhanced transparency of action and support, as a critical foundation to making its bottom-up, country-led approach work, as well as building mutual trust and confidence amongst Parties. GEF-CBIT will support Sierra Leone in establishing an overarching structure across all sectors that will ensure high quality in its transparency instruments; and create the capacities to respond to UNFCCC’s reporting requirements. CBIT’s most important contribution will occur by building capacity and setting up

Systems to collect data and track NDC implementation

Objectives

The objectives are as follows:

1.1.1 Assess existing data generation systems and identify data sources needed to comply with the 2006 IPCC Guidelines and the MPGs from COP24

1.1.2 Develop recommendations on how to most effectively establish institutional arrangements and regulatory frameworks for data collection and sharing

1.1.3 Implement the recommendations from activity 1.1.2 above through the development of formal agreements/MOUs for data collection and management.

1.1.4 Conduct a series of stakeholder consultations throughout the implementation of activities 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 above

Competence and required skills:

The Consultant for this assignment should have the following profile, skills and expertise:

  • At least 10 years’ experience supporting developing countries to establish institutional arrangements for climate data collection.
  • Advanced degree or higher (Master or higher) in areas relevant to climate change, environment and national development.
  • Knowledge of data collection mechanisms; excellent understand of the public sector in developing countries.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Instructions to eligible Consultants

Consultants are requested to refer to the Terms of Reference (ToR) above detailing the scope of the Assignment to be undertaken and the services requested from the eligible consultants. The consultants are requested to comment on the TOR, indicating your experience for this assignment, and submitting an updated Curriculum Vita and Qualifications for this Assignment.  

The consultants are requested to prepare and submit a technical and financial proposal to be submitted to the address not later than 9th March 2021.

Criteria for Selection                                                                               Scores

Academic Qualification 30

Experience in the specific assignment described in the TOR       40

Competencies: 20

Other details (Knowledge transfer)                                   10                                                                                                                  

Note: The consultants shall be ranked and the first ranked on the list shall be selected for the proposed assignment given that his /her fee rates are within the budget.  The selection process will be based on the Least Cost

Duration of work:

Three (3) months intermittently within 1 to 3 years

Duty Station: Home country with two (2) missions to Freetown

The assignment shall be delivered at Environment Protection Agency Office Located at 92 Dundas street Freetown Sierra Leone.

Service Required:

The Environment Protection Agency SL is now soliciting an international consultant to carry out the above consultancy services. The Agency has secured fund from Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and is therefore inviting consultants who are eligible and can be able to undertake the proposed assignment as prescribed in the TOR. The Agency is requesting for both Technical proposal and total financial cost for the proposed assignment. The Technical Proposal will be publicly opened on [9th March 2021]at[12:30 pm], in the presence of the bidders’ designated representatives and anyone who chooses to attend, at the address below. 

Proposals along with relevant documents must be submitted in sealed envelope boldly marked: “International Data Expert” at the address below.  Late proposal will be rejected and returned unopened. In addition to the original of the proposals, the number of copies required is 2.

Interested consultants may obtain further information and collect the terms of reference (TOR) at the address below between [9am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays]

Proposal must be delivered to the address below:

Executive Chairperson

Environment Protection Agency-SL;

2nd Floor

92 Dundas Street

Freetown

bondi.gevao@epa.gov.sl; isatu.kamara@epa.gov.sl

VACANCY for Manager of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Unit

The Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) is the regulatory Agency charged with the responsibility to provide for the effective protection of the environment and for other related matters.

The EPA-SL continues to grow and is seeking to employ a Manager of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Unit to meet the challenges of environmental management

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Design and create maps and graphics;
  • Develop, update and maintain GIS databases using various mathematic techniques;
  • Provide technical support to professional planning staff of the Environment Protection Agency in the day-to-day performance of duties;
  • Train staff and perform troubleshoot on various GIS applications and prepare data for all geospatial processes and applications;
  • Use of ESRI software, such as ArcInfo and ArcView and other geographic analysis tools;
  • Integrate various forms of geographical and non-geographical data such as land use and characteristics etc.
  • Assist the planning staff by providing cartographic information and graphics for reports, presentations, grant applications, and news articles;
  • Operate peripheral devices such as GPS, plotters, printers, digital cameras, and scanners;
  • Plan various GIS plans and activities and provide support to all cross functional team and prepare various procedures for all GIS operations according to required policies and procedures;
  • Develop time schedules and evaluate all specifications for GIS development and establish all mapping requirements to develop various processes and applications;
  • Collaborate with various departments to prepare update on all GIS databases and equipment and ensure completion of all work within required timeframe;
  • Coordinate requests over the phone and in person for maps or other materials;
  • Perform routine maintenance of multiple databases;
  • Manages internet mapping service administration;
  • Gather and verify filed data for utilization in mapping applications;
  • Oversee GIS supply inventory and ensure optimal use of all resources and provide transitional training to all employees.
  • Attend meetings, and assist with various miscellaneous projects, as needed;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience Requirements

Candidates must possess:

  • Master’s in Geography, Geomatics’ Engineering or GIS related discipline plus a minimum of five years’ demonstrated experience in GIS or any combination of education and experience that would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.

 OR Bachelor’s degree in the above stated disciplines in lieu of a Master’s degree, plus a minimum of eight years’ demonstrated experience in GIS or any combination of education and experience that would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.

  • Advanced knowledge of current versions of Windows, MS Access, MS Office, ESRI software (ArcInfo and ArcView), GRASS GIS, QUANTUM GIS, TNTMips etc. and database development is essential.
  • Ability to interpret aerial photographs, transfer and/or rescale them to geographic maps.
  • Analytical and the ability to apply GIS knowledge to solve complex problems.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Proficient oral and written communication skills in English
  • Community leadership and mentoring skills: able to support, motivate and liaise effectively with villagers and community groups
  • Sound cross-cultural, gender-awareness, interpersonal and networking skills
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of climate change and environmental management issues relevant to Sierra Leone
  • Proven ability and experience in workshop facilitation and giving presentations in both formal and non-formal settings
  • Proven ability to develop training programs and lesson plans
  • Proven ability to write reports, develop budgets and prepare proposals
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and lead a team.

Demonstrated Experience and Competence

  • Professionalism: Accountability for goals and challenges and a fair knowledge in management, planning and monitoring and evaluation. Efficient in observing deadlines and achieving results;.
  • Communication: Effective and distinct communication ability with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Leadership: Proven track record of managerial/leadership skills; Serve as a role model; empower others to translate vision into results; proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.
  • Integrity, Respect for Diversity – High level of Integrity: Must be honest, sincere and trustworthy and can demonstrate the core values of EPA-SL at all times

 Salary: Attractive

Method of Application

Interested candidates should forward their application indicating position applied for on the top right hand corner of a sealed envelope together with credentials and updated curriculum vitae, including the names and addresses of three (3) referees, including your most recent employer to:

 

Assistant Director Human Resources

Environment Protection Agency – Sierra Leone

92, Dundas Street

Freetown

Electronic applications may be forwarded to info@epa.gov.sl

WOMEN ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

CLOSING DATE: 5th March 2021.

  Click Here VACANCY for Manager Geographic Information Systems

Vacancy for Manager of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Unit

The Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) is the regulatory Agency charged with the responsibility to provide for the effective protection of the environment and for other related matters.

The EPA-SL continues to grow and is seeking to employ a Manager of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Unit to meet the challenges of environmental management

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Design and create maps and graphics;
  • Develop, update and maintain GIS databases using various mathematic techniques;
  • Provide technical support to professional planning staff of the Environment Protection Agency in the day-to-day performance of duties;
  • Train staff and perform troubleshoot on various GIS applications and prepare data for all geospatial processes and applications;
  • Use of ESRI software, such as ArcInfo and ArcView and other geographic analysis tools;
  • Integrate various forms of geographical and non-geographical data such as land use and characteristics etc.
  • Assist the planning staff by providing cartographic information and graphics for reports, presentations, grant applications, and news articles;
  • Operate peripheral devices such as GPS, plotters, printers, digital cameras, and scanners;
  • Plan various GIS plans and activities and provide support to all cross functional team and prepare various procedures for all GIS operations according to required policies and procedures;
  • Develop time schedules and evaluate all specifications for GIS development and establish all mapping requirements to develop various processes and applications;
  • Collaborate with various departments to prepare update on all GIS databases and equipment and ensure completion of all work within required timeframe;
  • Coordinate requests over the phone and in person for maps or other materials;
  • Perform routine maintenance of multiple databases;
  • Manages internet mapping service administration;
  • Gather and verify filed data for utilization in mapping applications;
  • Oversee GIS supply inventory and ensure optimal use of all resources and provide transitional training to all employees.
  • Attend meetings, and assist with various miscellaneous projects, as needed;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience Requirements

Candidates must possess:

  • Master’s in Geography, Geomatics’ Engineering or GIS related discipline plus a minimum of five years’ demonstrated experience in GIS or any combination of education and experience that would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.

OR Bachelor’s degree in the above stated disciplines in lieu of a Master’s degree, plus a minimum of eight years’ demonstrated experience in GIS or any combination of education and experience that would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.

  • Advanced knowledge of current versions of Windows, MS Access, MS Office, ESRI software (ArcInfo and ArcView), GRASS GIS, QUANTUM GIS, TNTMips etc. and database development is essential.
  • Ability to interpret aerial photographs, transfer and/or rescale them to geographic maps.
  • Analytical and the ability to apply GIS knowledge to solve complex problems.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Proficient oral and written communication skills in English
  • Community leadership and mentoring skills: able to support, motivate and liaise effectively with villagers and community groups
  • Sound cross-cultural, gender-awareness, interpersonal and networking skills
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of climate change and environmental management issues relevant to Sierra Leone
  • Proven ability and experience in workshop facilitation and giving presentations in both formal and non-formal settings
  • Proven ability to develop training programs and lesson plans
  • Proven ability to write reports, develop budgets and prepare proposals
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and lead a team.

Demonstrated Experience and Competence

  • Professionalism: Accountability for goals and challenges and a fair knowledge in management, planning and monitoring and evaluation. Efficient in observing deadlines and achieving results;.
  • Communication: Effective and distinct communication ability with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Leadership: Proven track record of managerial/leadership skills; Serve as a role model; empower others to translate vision into results; proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.
  • Integrity, Respect for Diversity – High level of Integrity: Must be honest, sincere and trustworthy and can demonstrate the core values of EPA-SL at all times

 Salary: Attractive

Method of Application

Interested candidates should forward their application indicating position applied for on the top right hand corner of a sealed envelope together with credentials and updated curriculum vitae, including the names and addresses of three (3) referees, including your most recent employer to:

 Assistant Director Human Resources

Environment Protection Agency – Sierra Leone

92, Dundas Street

Freetown

Electronic applications may be forwarded to info@epa.gov.sl

WOMEN ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

 CLOSING DATE: 5th March 2021.

Executive Chairman Dr. Bondi Gevao Officially Takes Up Duty

The Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) wishes to inform the general public that the newly appointed Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr. Bondi Gevao has officially commenced his duties. It would be recalled that earlier this year, His Excellency the President, Rtd. Brigadier Dr. Julius Maada Bio appointed Dr. Gevao to succeed the outgoing Executive Chairman, Prof. Foday Moriba Jaward, who has assumed leadership of the new Ministry of the Environment. Dr. Bondi Gevao’s appointment was subsequently and unanimously approved by Parliament on the 20th March 2020.

Given his rich academic and international background in the field of environmental protection and management, Dr. Bondi Gevao brings a wealth of experience to his new role as overseer of the entity that was established to effectively manage the environment of Sierra Leone. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University Lancaster, United Kingdom; MSc in Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Lancaster University and BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, University of Sierra Leone. Dr. Gevao is an environmental organic chemist with expertise in a number of analytical techniques for measuring contaminants in the environment at trace levels. He has worked on many aspects of the sources and environmental fate of contaminants, studying chemical behavior in the aquatic and terrestrial environments.

His international work experience also accounts for his suitability for his new role. In 2003 Dr. Gevao joined the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) where he served as senior research scientist steering research to provide scientific evidence for assessing the effectiveness of international efforts to minimize the release of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the West Asian environment. Furthermore, Dr. Gevao spearheaded research that culminated in KISR being selected by the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention to serve as one of twelve regional centers for capacity-building and the transfer of technology in 2009. Dr. Gevao has over forty publications in leading, internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals in the field of environmental sciences and is also a reviewer for several environmental chemistry journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Chemosphere, Science of the Total Environment, and is currently on the editorial board of the Elsevier Journal “Emerging Contaminants”. He co-chairs the session on “Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Developing World” at a very important annual conference on “Halogenated Persistent Pollutants” since 2015. He is the rapporteur and Quality Assurance Representative on the projects review committee for the Water Research Center at KISR.

Dr. Bondi Gevao’s passion to come home and serve his motherland, yet again, is a manifestation of his unwavering commitment to the attainment of His Excellency the President’s New Direction agenda and love of country.

For more Information:
Department of Public Relations and Intersectorial Collaboration
Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone
Tel: +232-88-542660, Email: epasierraleone@gmail.com

Executive Chairman, Dr. Bondi Gevao undertakes Familiarization Tour & Identification of Environmental Challenges in the North

The Executive Chairman of the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone has undertaken a familiarization tour with the aim of identifying key environmental challenges in the Northern Region. Dr. Bondi Gevao undertook the assessment of key environmental challenges and visit to key stakeholders in the region together with his second in command, Director Momodu Alrashid Bah, the Head of Field Operations and Extension, Lamin Tarawalie and other Senior Staff of the Agency.
Dr. Bondi is not an armchair Boss who sits at his Office to only direct the affairs of the Agency.

As new EC of the Agency, he decided to make a visit to the field to get firsthand information on the environment himself instead of relying on information relayed to him.
During the visit, he met with Senior Management of the Sierra Leone Police in Bombali and Tonkolili Districts. He wholeheartedly informed them about the challenges the environment is facing especially with the actions of illicit miners searching for gold in the Northern Region along the Pampana River estuaries.

Dr. Gevao urged Officers of the Police to work with the Environment Protection Agency to nab out illegal mining activities to enforce compliance in the region.
The Police Officers were also informed about their roles in protecting the Sierra Leone environment and were also exposed by the EPA-SL’s Executive Chairman about the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the heads of the Sierra Leone Police and the EPASL towards issues that are central to the protection of the environment in the country.

All the Law Officers in the two districts expressed their wiliness, need and their interest in helping the Agency in protecting the Sierra Leonean environment through enforcement of environmental compliance. As the environment is key towards the survival of human beings, the Senior Police Officers called on the Agency to always work with them at all times as they are always ready when it comes to issues of operations and environmental enforcement towards protecting the environment.

During the site seeing mission in the Pampana tributaries and other swampy areas in the Tonkolili District, it was discovered that many Chinese and other foreign citizens are heavily involved in artisanal gold mining activities. Some of the foreign citizens were met on sight carrying illegal activities they are not licensed for while some Indians are renting their excavators to carryout artisanal mining activities. Artisanal Miners are not licensed by the Environment Protection Agency with an Environment Impact Assessment License and are only authorized to use shovels and pickaxes instead of using heavy machineries like excavators.

Section 23 (2) of the Environment Protection Agency Act of 2008 prohibits any person from undertaking projects such as gold mining unless he holds a valid Environment Impact Assessment license in respect of such project from the EPA-SL. The use of excavators by either a Sierra Leonean or a foreign citizen attract a fine and a penalty of Twenty-Five Million Leones for the Sierra Leonean and One Hundred Million Leones for any foreigner caught doing artisanal mining or aiding the practice such as with the renting of excavators.

During the visit, some Indians were caught renting these excavators and were impounded and handed over to the Sierra Leone Police for possible action.
The Executive Chairman and Team also visited the sites of some registered small scale mining companies which were all operated by the Chinese in the Tonkolili and Koinadugu districts.

Even though some of these companies are on the readiness to relocate their operations in other areas, it was discovered by the Team that the sites were not well kept as lubricants and other oily substances were not safely kept within the sites. Even the fuel stations were not properly kept and this caused the Executive Chairman to promise tougher actions like refusal of renewal licenses.

He informed them that such actions would be taken as foreigners should not come into the land and destroy it and at the end leave Sierra Leoneans to suffer with the dire consequences at the end.

The Executive Chairman also took the opportunity to talk to the Sierra Leone Migrants Union in the country. He informed them with all seriousness that “anyone who engages himself in artisanal or illegal mining activities in Sierra Leone would receive a free ticket or will be deported back where he came from”.

Even though Dr. Gevao welcomed the migrants in Sierra Leone, he also urged them to desist from any bad practice and discontinue with any illegal mining activities they may involve themselves with in the country and strictly follow the laid down laws and regulations of the land.

Dr. Gevao insisted that the Pampana River which many have turned into as a new mining site is his top most priority and he expressed his plans to clean it up from any irresponsible mining activities during the coming years. He called on the corporation of all Sierra Leoneans to help him achieve such aim.

Dr. Gevao visited the site of the Used Oil Factory along the Makeni-Magburaka Highway.

He informed the management of the Company to properly handle their used oil and by all means try to rehabilitate portions where used oil had already been degraded in the site.
The EC and his team also used the familiarization tour to raise the awareness of the Community people in Koinadugu District about the importance of having a good environment and admonished them from illicit mining practices.

The Team hour ever placed a cessation order at the offices of the Sierramin Bauxite Company along the Rogbaray Junction until the Company regularizes its status. Its EIA license had long expired since March.

After the visit and seeing many environmental challenges caused by Mining Companies, the Executive Chairman of the Agency promised to be working on a plan whereby mining companies should be put on a bond system with certain amount of money deposited to the government. In a situation where such Companies do not accomplish their adaptation or mine closure plans at the end of their operations or if they destroy the environment at an irreparable level, such bond fees would be used to accomplish that for them.

 From the Department of Public Relations and Intersectoral Collaboration, EPASL

New Executive Chairman takes up Office at the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone

The Minister of Environment, Prof. Foday Moriba Jaward has handed over the position to head the Agency to the new Executive Chairman of the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone. The ceremony which took place at the Agency’s Headquarters in Freetown was witnessed by a dedicated team of Staff members who will miss the former Executive Chairman. Staff members are however comforted and encouraged by the credentials of Prof. Jaward’s successor in the person of Dr. Bondi Gevao.

Dr. Gevao’s appointment came after the former Executive Chairman was appointed by President Julius Maada Bio to serve as the new Minister of the Environment. Dr. Gevao is an environmental organic chemist with expertise in a number of analytical techniques for measuring contaminants in the environment at trace levels. He has worked on many aspects of the sources and environmental fate of contaminants, studying chemical behaviour in the aquatic and terrestrial environments.

Since his appointment as Head of the EPASL, Prof. Jaward had brought significant changes to the institution. These include the establishment of an Environmental Court in the High Court of Sierra Leone; review of environmental impact assessment processes; alternative livelihood support to rural communities particularly in the agricultural sector, and strengthening of partnerships and environmental education across the country.

The new Executive Chairman was welcomed at the Agency by the Director of the EPASL, Momodu A. Bah. He welcomed Dr. Bondi to the premises of the Agency and further thanked the President of Sierra Leone for his wise decision in appointing Dr. Bondi to serve in the capacity of Executive Chairman of the Agency.  He entreated Dr. Gevao to emulate his predecessor’s exemplary leadership qualities in handling the affairs of the Agency.

As Minister of the Environment, Prof. Jaward is expected to oversee the Environment Protection Agency after the EPA Act of 2008 would have been amended. Dr. Jaward thanked all his Staff of the Agency for working with him assiduously in the interest of the country.

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Environment Protection Agency and Partners hosts Workshop on the Abdijan Convention and its Protocols

The Environment Protection Agency in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, the West African Biodiversity and Climate Change Program and the Abidjan Convention had ended a three-day National Stakeholders Workshop from the 10th on to the 12th February 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Freetown. The purpose of the Workshop is to develop an Action Plan for the Additional Protocols of the Abidjan Convention such as the Protocol for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (Bassam Protocol); the Protocol on Environmental Standards for offshore Oil and Gas activities (Malabo Protocol); the Protocol on Integrated Costal Zone Management (Pointe Noire Protocol) and the Protocol on Sustainable Mangrove Management otherwise known as the Calabar Protocol.
The Action Plan will present a comprehensive list of activities to be implemented both at regional and national levels to ensure the proper operationalization of the Protocols. The main objective of the consultation is to ensure the integration of stakeholders’ concerns, priorities and harmonization with various national plans and strategies.


The workshop attracted key representation from environmental stakeholders in the country and the African Sub-region. The Minister of the Environment, Professor Foday Moriba Jaward said the National consultation serves as a roadmap to transforming the written text of the protocols into viable actions for the implementation of the additional protocols to the Abidjan convention. ‘The action plan to be developed will present a comprehensive list of aligned and prioritized actions to be implemented at the national level to ensure the proper operationalization of the additional protocols’ he added.
Commenting further, Prof. Jaward said “as a government we note that, in the context of global environmental governance and cooperation, the regional level represents a critical middle ground between the global and national levels. So recognizing the good governance of the marine environment for seas that borders more than one state falls into regional rules, the essence of developing additional protocols to address the issues in the marine and coastal environment in the West, Central and Southern African region becomes a brilliant initiative”.
The Minister also said that most are ‘familiar with the issues facing our coastal and marine areas, for which management measures are needed to facilitate through the rational planning of activities and by ensuring that the environment and landscape are taken into account in harmony with economic, social and cultural developments’. He said though oil development has wide ranging socio-economic advantage, it has associated environmental impacts that will lead to habitat loss and destruction of living marine resources.
Sierra Leone is not presently an oil producing country but as a responsible government, it is now on contingency planning and preparedness in the form of developing national environment standards for offshore oil and gas production which is a sound initiative to address any future problem.
In line with government’s ambition to address environmental issues and to build national environmental resilience – which is a key milestone of the medium term national development plan 2019-2023, ‘the protocols will serve as the overall framework to foster effective and sustainable management of our coastal resources and help to address emerging issues and climate change’, the Minister reechoed.


The UN Environment administers the convention on then cooperation for protection, management and development of the marine and coastal environment of the Atlantic Coast of West, Central and Southern African region, otherwise known as the Abidjan Convention.
Mr. Kenan Mogultay, from the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program in his statement highlights the importance of the Abidjan Convention protocols while noting that Sierra Leone continues to show commitment on the marine and coastal zone protection and management. He said the national action plans defines roles and responsibility and the more reason for the national stakeholders workshop.
The Executive Director of the Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa, Mr. Ali Kamal-Deen it was an honor to be part of the workshop in Sierra Leone since the consultative workshop will pave the future of the country for offshore oil and gas exploration.

Ministry of Environment and Environment Protection Agency play host to Africa Environment Day Commemoration

The Government of Sierra Leone through the newly created Ministry of the Environment have played host to the African Environment and Wangari Maathai day 2020 with the theme ‘our resources – our future”. The Day which was commemorated on the 3rd March 2020 at the Miatta Conference Center attracted guests from across the African region as well as the host country.

the Minister of the Environment, Prof. Jaward said Sierra Leone was proud as a nation to host the African Environment Day

African Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness on the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Since 2012, the African Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, in order to pay tribute to the late Nobel Laureate’s green legacy.

The relevance of having the African Environmental Day commemoration in Sierra Leone, inter alia, is that it will lead to increased awareness on the challenges facing our environment; enhance sustainable management of resources for sustainable development; sensitization and awareness raising on women’s access to land and other natural resources which hitherto, has been encumbered by the inequitable use of natural resources; expose the country to more tourist attractions as well as foreign direct investment and strengthens cooperation on several Multilateral Environment Agreements to which Sierra Leone is a party.

Delegates around Africa witness the commemoration in Freetown

The African Environment Day celebration is supported by the African Union and the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners. The theme for the celebration of this day also draws attention to the enormous opportunities that Africa has in the sustainable management of its natural resources.

The Chief Minister of Sierra Leone, Prof. David J. Francis served as the Keynote Speaker during the commemoration. While he was delivering his statement on behalf of His Excellency the President, he said Sierra Leone’s hosting of the 2020 edition of the African Environment and Wangari Maathai Day celebrations was a clear manifestation of the fact that the country was stable and peaceful. Emphasizing on the theme of the celebration, Prof. Francis said ‘our strategic resources in the continent have not been beneficial to us in the continent’ and stressed that with a concerted effort, there was hope for the future. Prof. Francis added that the theme which focuses on the natural resources aimed at addressing the numerous environmental challenges facing the continent.

the Minister of the Environment, Prof. Jaward plants a tree marking the end of the Africa Environment Day Commemoration

Prof. Wangari Maathai had played a great role in the world the world in general and Africa in particular in terms of environmental management and sustainability. Prof. Francis called on fellow Africans to adopt the legacies of the first African Woman to have won the Nobel Peace Price.

To demonstrate the seriousness on issues of environment and national development in the country, the President of Sierra Leone, H.E Dr. Julius Maada Bio established the Ministry of environment to ensure environmental sustainability and Prof. Francis said with the leadership and caliber of Dr. Foday M. Jaward at the new environment Ministry, the Sierra Leonean environment can be managed well.

In his welcome address, the Minister of the Environment, Prof. Jaward said Sierra Leone was proud as a nation to host the African Environment Day. Stressing on the need for change and adopt new measures towards the environment, Prof. Jaward said as Africans, ‘we have come to terms with the fact that we cannot continue with business as usual’. He said natural resource exploitation without regard for environmental protection is detrimental and therefore called Africa to act now.

He commented that Women played a key role in the management of natural resources but that often times they had been the ones left behind in taking actions towards environmental protection. He applauded the AU Commission for taking resolutions that would ensure the inclusion of women in the protection of the environment.

There is still a gender gap that inhibits women in terms of their productive role in environment governance. Prof. Jaward said closing that gap will foster economic growth in developing countries.

Her Worship the Mayor of the Freetown Municipality, Madam Yvone Aki Sawyer said in other to combat Climate Change and other social challenges I’m the country, the Freetown City Council was already in preparation to plant about a million trees in the city annually.

The Chief Minister of Sierra Leone, Prof. David J. Francis served as the Keynote Speaker during the commemoration and also plants a tree

The Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission, H. E. Ambasador Josefa Sacko said Africa’s most extractive industries had sparked controversies in environmental management and had contributed to the devastation of the environment and economic structures. He said Africa doesn’t need to borrow from anyone if ‘we manage our resources well’. He added that the value of overseas development aid does not equate to the resources in Africa, adding that sustainable management of ‘our land and water resources will take us a long way towards environmental management’. He congratulated the Minister of the Environment and the government of Sierra Leone for hosting the African Environment Program this year which clearly shows the seriousness of the government of Sierra Leone towards addressing environmental issues. The celebrations would come to a conclusion on Wednesday 4th March with a tour of some key ecological sites within the Western Area.

EPASL leads Members of Parliament to visit disaster prone Areas in the Western Areas

The Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone in its strides towards working with policy makers in the country for cogent actions towards environmental safety and security had led Members of Parliament of the Parliamentary Committee on Lands and the Environment to disaster prone areas in the city. Present among the delegation were the Chairman of the Committee on Lands and the Environment, Hon. Quintin Salia-Konneh and the Deputy Director Planning Policy and Research at the Environment Protection Agency, Mr. Sheikh Ahmed Tunis who ably represented the Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr. Foday Moriba Jaward. The purpose of the visit was to avail the MPs with firsthand information on the disaster caused by the heavy downpour of rain in those affected Communities and to solicit Parliamentary actions.

The delegation visited the Matormeh and the Colbot Communities which were severely affected by the recent mudslide and flooding disasters respectively.

Besides the August 14th 2018 mudslide, the Matormeh/Gbangbayila Community also recently experienced cracks which triggered government officials from the Office of National Security, UNOPS, Sierra Leone Geological Engineers and the Environment Protection Agency to visit the said community and come up with a comprehensive plan of action. During the recent visit by government Officials, Community people were warned to desist from cohabiting around the vicinity of the new cracks.

While at the Matormeh Community on the 20th of August 2019, Mr. Sheikh Tunis informed the Parliamentarians that within the month of August alone, there had been up to three mudslides in the said Community, adding that the entire community has many cracks which the EPASL and government in general is particularly worried about.

Hon. Quentin Salia-Konneh while stressing on the need for the Community people to stay away from the places where cracks have been detected also informed the people that their lives were more precious than anything they could think of on earth. He further reechoed the need for the Community people to adhere to the recommendation of the technical team which had earlier advised them to stay away from disaster prone areas.

The Members of Parliament also used the visit to acquaint themselves properly with more information on the recent disasters and hoped to come up with more concrete actions within the shortest possible time after the recession of Parliament.