Innovative land use mapping and reforestation of encroached water catchment area of the Guma Dam through Community-led Environmental Stewardship.
Innovative land use mapping and reforestation of encroached water catchment area of the Guma Dam through Community-led Environmental Stewardship.
The project is titled “Promotion of Community-led Environmental Stewardship for the Sustainable Protection the Guma Water Catchment Area and Its Biodiversity” . The overall objective of the project is to empower and promote the participation of community people to collectively work for the protection of the Guma Catchment Area and its biodiversity. In doing so, the project will address the problem of rampant deforestation around the Guma Water Catchment Area to protect biodiversity and to promote the water regeneration and retention capacity of the Guma Valley Dam situated at the Guma Water Catchment Area. The activities include: 1. Mapping out of deforested areas 2. Planting of trees 3. Training of Environment Youth Corps 4. Mobilization and Harmonization of coordination mechanism between relevant stakeholders that include the Guma Valley Water Company, Ministry of Lands, Ministry of the Environment, Freetown City Council, National Protected Area Authority, Environmental Protection Agency, and local stakeholders of communities around the Guma Dam

Project Snapshot

Youth Action for Relentless Development Organization
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 20,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Both men and women have equal say in the project. This is because the problem the project is trying address, in fact women more than men. Whenever, there is a natural disaster like landslide or there is a cholera outbreak due to poor water snatiation, or when there is water shortage, women are the most affected in all of these instances. Therefore, the project will develop the following strategies: 1- Equal access to and utilization of services. ... 2- Women and men are equally involved in decision making. ... 3- Equal treatment is integrated into steering processes. Same treatment will be given to people with disability as they are equally affected by the problems the project is trying to solve. So, their voice matter too
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
In the project area, the most predominant socio-economic livelihood is Quarrying. Around hill top communities like Mambo, Sussex, Mile 13 etc. one could see that a large number of men, women and their children are ceremoniously engaged in breaking large stone/digging to level the mountain slope for construction purposes. This activity is both hazardous to their health and that of the environment too. However, the project will incorporate and train them on nursery management as an alternative source of livelihood. It is hoped that many will start going flowers, shrubs and trees for sale in the long term.
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Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 50
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 4
Total monetary value (US dollars) of ecosystem goods sustainably produced and providing benefit to project participants and/or community as a whole (in the biodiversity, international waters, and land degradation focal areas as appropriate) 50
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 150

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985


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