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Sierra Leone - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Sierra Leone is divided into 4 main relief regions: coastline, interior lowland plains, interior plateau and mountains. Broadly classified, there are 7 vegetation types, which include the moist rainforest, semi-deciduous, montane, mangrove, savannah, farm bush and swamp forest... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Human impacts on the natural ecosystems and resources have been severe. Once dominated by forest (70% of land area), the country now has less than 5% of mature forest remaining... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (2003) seeks to identify conservation measures that will provide a solid framework for the sustainable exploitation of Sierra Leone’s biological diversity for the benefit of present and future generations... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

• Established training relationships with developed and developing countries (e.g. South Africa, Cyprus) which provide opportunities for overseas training in these areas... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The Government of Sierra Leone has enabled several notable pieces of legislation to support national implementation of biodiversity targets which can be categorized based on which sector they target (e.g agro-biodiversity, forest biodiversity, marine biodiversity)... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Sierra Leone does not have a comprehensive monitoring programme in place. The identification of indicators for national-level monitoring of biodiversity is still in progress... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Momodu Alrashid Bah
CBD Primary NFP
Mr. Bartholomew Kamara
CHM NFP
Mrs. Kate Garnett
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Cyril S. Jusu
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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