Environment and Energy

The interventions of the UNDP Energy, Environment & Natural Resource Management Programme in Sierra Leone focus on the nexus between poverty, lack of access to renewable energy, environmental degradation, and vulnerability to climate change impacts. The vast majority of people in Sierra Leone rely on natural resources for their main sources of livelihoods. Management of natural resources is closely tied to stability, economic development, rural integration, and improved governance. This is particularly relevant in the context of the country’s vulnerability to climate change and disasters, and weak institutional capacities to address these vulnerabilities and foster resilience. The programme works to strengthen national and local capacities to manage the nation’s natural capital, including land, water, biodiversity, and mineral resources for the advancement of poverty reduction in an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable manner. Our work is guided by the conventions to which Sierra Leone is signatory, the 3rd NPRSP Agenda for Prosperity 2013-2018, as well as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2015-2018. Because sustainable development requires a truly integrated approach, the strategic intervention areas supported by the EENRM programme cut across sectors and are implemented in collaboration with a wide range of partners from Government MDA’s, NGOs and CSOs, Academic institutions and the private sector to local communities.

Our Goals

The programme aims to effect development change through two strategic programmatic areas: 1. Strengthening mechanisms and frameworks that promote social and environmental sustainability in natural resource management. 2. Enhancing capacity for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management at the national, district and community level. UNDP support includes activities that focus on enhancing the legislative enabling environment (e.g. improving legislative frameworks, policy reviews, development of strategies and action plans), as well as at enhancing implementation capacities at national, district and community levels. more

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Environment and Energy

Unsustainable land management in the Freetown Peninsula. ©UNDP Sierra Leone_S. Marijnissen

Our Stories

  • SANTIGIE KAMARA’S HOUSE COLLAPSED DURING THE FLOODS BUT NOW THAT A WALL HAS BEEN BUILT HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE FREE FROM SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (UNDP/A.K.BAH)

    Disaster response helps build community resilience against perennial floods

    Sierra Leone’s geographical location, land characteristics, large number of rivers, monsoon climate make the country increasingly susceptible to the impact of climate change and natural disastersmore

Projects and Initiatives

Preventive Development

The Preventive Development Project will support the Government’s priorities on land tenure and management, Natural Resource Governance, management of the extractives industry, sustainable energy, climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction through institutional reforms and strengthening, policy development and enforcement as well as capacity building and the inclusion of women in environmental decision-making at all levels of governance. more

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Featured Publication
Human Development Report 2011
Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All

This year’s Report focuses on the challenge of sustainable and equitable progress. A joint lens shows how environmental degradation intensifies inequality through adverse impacts on already disadvantaged people and how inequalities in human development amplify environmental degradation.

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