Following the recommendations in the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan, MAFFS proposed the creation of 15 protected areas, 8 in the terrestrial ecosystems and 7 in the wetlands covering 6.8% (490,659.21hectares) of the land cover (7,200,000hectares).
Currently there are four National Parks, the Outamba-Kilimi, Gola Rainforest, Loma Mountains and Western Area Peninsula National Parks and one Game Sanctuary, the Tiwai Island Game Sanctuary.
Government has approved the creation of a National Protected Area Authority (NPPA) and the setting up of a National Conservation Trust Fund (NCTF) for sustainable management of the Protected Areas.
|NO.||PROTECTED AREA||LEGAL STATUS||IUCN CATEGORY||AREA (HECTARES)||DISTRICT|
|1.||Outamba-Kilimi National Park and Kuru Hills Complex||National Park (Declared 1995)||National Park||110,9007,001.21||Bombali & Kambia|
|2.||Gola Rainforest National Park||National Park (Declared 2010)||National Park||75,000||Kailahun, Kenema & Pujehun|
|3.||Loma Mountains National Park||National Park (Declared 2013)||National Park||33,201||Koinadugu|
|4.||Western Area Peninsula National Park||National Park (Declared 2013)||National Park||17,688||Western Area|
|SUB – TOTAL||243,790.21|
|5.||Kangari Hills Forest Reserves||Non-hunting Forest Reserves 1930 FR, 1973 NHFR||Proposed Habitat / Species Management Area||21,375.4||Bo & Tonkolili|
|6.||Tingi Hills (Sanka Biriwa)||Non-hunting Forest Reserves 1930 FR, 1973 NHFR||Proposed Habitat / Species Management Area||11,747.6||Kono|
|7.||Kambui Hills Forest Reserves||Forest Reserves||Proposed Habitat / Species Management Area||21,228||Kenema|
|SUB – TOTAL||54,351.0|