Building the Adaptive Capacity of Water Supply Services to Climate Change in Sierra Leone

What is the project about?


The Building the Adaptive Capacity of Water Supply Services to Climate Change in Sierra Leone Project seeks to enhance the abilities of key decision-makers in the public and private sectors involved in water provision to plan for and respond to climate change risks. The Project will ensure that existing water supply storage and distribution infrastructure in Freetown and three rural districts - Kono, Kambia and Pujehun - are resilient against climate change induced risks, such as droughts and floods, through Public-Private Partnership agreements and with the support of the local government.

The Project will build capacity in the water resources sector to ensure the effective delivery of water services to the population. It will also integrate climate change adaptation considerations into water policies, strengthening the resilience of water supply systems to be able to address climate change risks as they arise, particularly in terms of projected changes over the next 20 years in rainfall intensity patterns. The Project will be implemented through the Ministry of Water Resources, the Environment Protection Agency and the Sierra Leone Meteorological Department.

What do we aim to accomplish?

The Project intends to achieve the following results:

  • Affordable climate-resilient community-based water harvesting, storage and distribution systems designed and built and/or rehabilitated (10 communal reservoirs, 1,500 rooftop catchments and 1,500 rainwater storage tanks and conveyance systems) in four communities through a Public-Private Partnership support strategy.
  • Rehabilitation and construction of at least 30 gravity-fed water systems and 100 small water reservoirs that are climate-resilient and provide water for communities and their economic activities during water shortages in three rural districts in the Northern, Eastern, and Southern regions.
  • Capacity of more than 50 water engineers from both the public and private sectors, community-based water management committees, youth and women’s associations developed in designing and managing climate risks to small-scale water supply systems, as well as maintaining climate-resilient infrastructure.
  • Relevant experiences and lessons from community-oriented climate-resilient water infrastructure and management practices identified and widely shared to facilitate replication in other vulnerable areas.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount Contributed
2012 GEF (Project Preparatory Grant) US$ 70,000
2014 - 2018 GEF US$ 2,940,000
2014 - 2018 Co-financing partners To be confirmed

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Total Delivery
2012 US$ 41,991
2013 US$ 27, 793
Project Overview
Project start date:
January 19 2012
Project end date:
December 31 2018
Geographic coverage:
UN Transitional Joint Vision Programme Cluster
Cluster 3: Natural Resources and Disaster Management
Focal point:
Mariatu Swaray
Portfolio Manager
Environment and Disaster Risk Management
Ministry of Water Resources; Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone; Sierra Leone Meteorological Department
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Budget (2014):
US$ 76, 500