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To minimise the impact of climate change, Sierra Leone conducted the national wide programme for sustainable management and protection of forest reserve and catchment areas including, mangrove coastal and inland wetlands.
Life on Land
Sierra Leone, blessed with its luxuriant forests, high rainfall and well-drained landscape is negatively impacted by climate change. The erratic behavior of the weather, flash floods, severe storms, scarcity of fresh water, higher evaporation in the dry season, frequent prolonged and wide spread draught, have suggested that major climate changes are occurring.
In order to address the effects of climate change, Sierra Leone established aninstitutional strengthening and capacity building for environmental protection and management project, as well as a mitigation and adaptationefforts to climate changeproject.
In order to implement the environmental projects, a national secretariat for climate change was established. The project improved forest protectionand catchment areas, including mangrove, coastal and inland wetlands.In addition, forest governance was improved to maintain the proportion of land area covered by forests at least 3.4 million hectaresthrough the development of legislation, regulations and by-laws for environmental protection, including control of deforestation, firewood collection andcharcoal production.In addition, the projectimprovedcapacity building, training and support to law enforcement services, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture (Forestry Department). The project also provided support for the development of a national assessment on forest resources.The project also established a protection network to delineate and restore the vulnerable habitats and ecosystems in the western area.
National Secretariat for Climate Change in Sierra Leone
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security in Sierra Leone
Director (National SDGs Focal Point)
Central Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development