POLICY PLANNING AND RESEARCH DIRECTORATE OVERVIEW
The Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) act, 2008, being an Act to establish the Sierra Leone Environment Protection Agency, to provide for the effective protection of the environment and for other related matters. The said Act under section 15 (1) establishes the Planning, Policy and Research (PPR) Directorate to be headed by a Deputy Director assisting the Director in the implementation of the provisions within the Act. The PPR directorate in carrying its Policy, Planning and Research duties also supervises the operations of the departments of Chemical Controls and Management, The National Ozone unite and the Information Education and Communications established in section 17(2) (a) and (b) respectively of the EPA-SL Act of 2008 as amended in 2010. The Ozone Unit is also being supervised by PPR Directorate. The PPR Directorate is therefore the hub of the Agency.
Chemical Controls and Management Department (CCMD)
Amongst the functions of the Agency the following are key to Chemical and Hazardous Substances Management:
- Co-ordinate the activities of such bodies as it considers appropriate for the purposes of controlling the generation, treatment, storage, transportation and disposal of industrial waste;
- Advise the Executive Chairperson and the Board on the formulation of policies on all aspects of the environment and in particular make recommendation for the protection of the environment;
- Issue notices in the form of directives, procedures or warnings to such bodies as it may determine for the purpose of controlling the volume, intensity and quality of noise in the environment;
- Promote the establishment of national environmental standards;
- 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;
- Secure, in collaboration with such persons as it may determine the control and prevention of discharge of waste into the environment and the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment;
- Collaborate and coordinate with such foreign and international bodies as the Agency considers necessary for the purposes of this Act;
- Issue environmental permits and pollution abatement notices for controlling the volume, types, constituents and effects of waste discharges, emissions, deposits or other source of pollutants and of substances which are hazardous or potentially dangerous to the quality of the environment or any segment of the environment;
- Sample collection and Analysis
- Review Environmental Impact Statements and proffer alternatives
- Review all chemical management plans of companies and operates a national chemical database
- Supervises the implementation of Chemicals management projects within Sierra Leone.
The National Ozone Unit (NOU)
The NOU is the focal point in the Government for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in Sierra Leone. It is located under the Policy, Planning and Research Directorate in the Environment Protection Agency.
It is responsible for initiating and sustaining all the roles of government as a party mentioned below:
- Prepare a Country Programme of Action and strategy (put a time frame for this and monitor progress)
- Design and implement the law and the financial measures to facilitate phase-out(time
- Coordinate the country activities for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) phase-out
- Consult with industries and other interested organizations the steps to be taken for ODS phase-out
- Present all its views and position in the Meeting of Parties and all working groups and committees
- Coordinate the technical and financial support of implementing agencies, bilateral agencies and the Funding Secretariat
- Organize and present awareness and training programmes for the industry, technicians, custom officers and the general public
- Create a national system for monitoring and reporting on national production and consumption of ODS
- Restriction on importation etc. of controlled substances
- Project implementation
Information Education and Communication (IEC)Department
Information, Education and Communication are important components to the vision and values of the Environment Protection Agency. This Standard Operating Procedures will set out how we are committed to ensuring that information and communications from the Agency are consistent, coordinated, effectively managed and responsive to the diverse needs of our stakeholders. It will further ensure that we are visible, accessible and accountable to the population we serve and ensure that our communications strive to enhance the profile of the Agency, preserve its integrity and respect.
The role of the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Department is to promote and undertake environmental education and awareness raising activities and to ensure that media communications and related activities enhance the agency’s image and reputation. The role also includes the development, implementation and monitoring of the communication activities, communications plan and visibility strategies. The role of the IEC also involves operational work with, among other things, the website, newsletter, brochures, mass media relations and community sensitization. This work is managed by the Head of Department.