Disaster response helps build community resilience against perennial floodsFeb 23, 2015Sierra 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 disasters and other challenges such as floods, wind storms, landslides, mudslides, wildfires and coastal erosion. Freetown’s mountainous backdrop and long rainy season makes low-lying coastal areas particularly prone to frequent and severe floods, landslides and mudslides. Residents of Moyuba, a slum community in the eastern part of Freetown, are perennial victims of such disasters during the rainy seasons in one of the world’s wettest capital cities.
Sustainable land management helps restore livelihoods in Sierra LeoneFeb 23, 2015Severe land degradation, caused by the unsustainable use of forest resources, slash-and-burn farming methods and wildfires that destroy crops has resulted in the loss of productive agricultural areas, low productivity of agricultural land, diminishing food security, the deterioration of water and natural resources, reduced output from forest resources and increased vulnerability to disasters in Sierra Leone. This has negatively impacted on the livelihoods of communities and has also had serious implications for health and nutrition status.