Environment and Energy

Recovery and sustainable development in Sierra Leone is threatened by vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters. It is estimated that climate change will result in low yields of critical crops and, potentially, the annual loss of between US$ 600 million and US$ 1.1 billion in crop revenues by the end of the century. Furthermore, water, soil and forest resources are at risk of degradation and destruction as a result of population growth, the dependence of energy consumption on biomass, unsustainable mining activities, the pollution of rivers, and rising demands from agribusiness, resulting in massive deforestation and increased vulnerability to soil erosion and landslides.

Our Goals

UNDP works to enhance institutional and community abilities to recognize and manage potential disaster while supporting activities geared towards improved and long-lasting environmental management techniques in Sierra Leone. This entails supporting Government efforts to adopt environmental policies consistent with international environmental conventions, develop and implement a comprehensive disaster management strategy and improve national capabilities for sustainable waste management, deforestation, climate change, and natural resource management. more

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Environment and Energy

Makoth Village fire monitors on a sustainable land management pilot site (UNDP/A. K. Bah)

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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