Preventive Development

What is the project about?


In Sierra Leone, the vast majority of people rely on natural resources such as land, water, forests and fish for their livelihoods. These livelihoods face a host of different pressures including illegal fishing, slash and burn agriculture, poor waste management and unregulated mining. The country became infamous for ‘conflict diamonds’ during the 1991-2002 civil war, but Sierra Leone also has significant reserves of gold, iron ore, bauxite and rutile and recently discovered offshore oil.

 A comprehensive Programme on environment therefore serves as an insurance bond for national development and a catalyst for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. If managed effectively, natural resources and the environment can make a vital contribution to development in the country, laying the foundation for sustainable jobs and economic growth and moving the country away from reliance on foreign aid.

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.

What do we aim to accomplish?

The Project aims to achieve the following key results:

  1. Sustainable management of the extractive industries: The Government will be supported to maximise the benefits it receives from extractives resources through the effective management of large-scale investment, attracting the ‘good investors’, ensuring a fair financial return to the nation, and promoting and protecting the well being of the environment and citizens.
  2. Environmental governance: The Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone and other Government actors will be capacitated to sustainably manage the nation’s natural resources and environment.
  3. Land management: The Government will be supported to implement principles of sustainable land management and land tenure reform in the context of the national planning and natural resource management.
  4. Disaster risk management and climate change: The country’s institutional, national and community capacities will be enhanced to improve resilience to natural disasters and climate change.  
  5. Sustainable energy for all: Both the consumption and production of energy will be addressed by working with policymakers to develop the right skills, infrastructure and incentives.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount Contributed
2013 UNDP To be confirmed
2013 Co-financing partners to be confirmed
Project Overview
Project start date:
January 1 2013
Project end date:
December 31 2013
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 Energy; Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone
Budget (2013):
Related Documents

Project Document