The mission statement is to effectively protect, sustainably manage the environment and its
natural resources to ensure a quality environment adequate for human health and well-being for
all in Sierra Leone.


The vision statement of the Agency is to ensure sustainable use of our natural resources and
contribute to poverty reduction through effective protection and sound environmental


Core values

In living with its motto, the EPA-SL will strive at all times to maintain the core values of
Efficiency and Professionalism; Teamwork and Partnership; Transparency and
Accountability; Stewardship, and Integrity.

Who We Are


The broad mandate of the Agency is to effectively protect and manage the environment; monitor and regulate companies with EIA Licenses and illegal operations that have an impact on the environment and advise the Minister of Environment on all environmental matters. Among others, the Agency has responsibilities to ensure compliance and enforcement of environmental impact assessment procedures and pursue environmental education for the creation of public awareness-raising of the environment and its importance to the economic and social life of Sierra Leone.

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

Impact Licensing

The Agency reviews and approves environmental impact assessments and environmental impact statements submitted following the EPA Act of 2008 or any other sector law.

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.

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


The Agency prescribes 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.


The Agency undertakes such studies and submits such reports and recommendations concerning the environment as the Government or Board
may consider necessary


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 policy-making and Legislation

The Agency initiates legislative regulatory proposals, standards, and guidelines on the environment following the EPA Act of 2008.

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.

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