This plan provides a global view of the National Protected Area Authority’s activities and the detailed activities are to be presented in a log frame.

  1. Capacity Building.

Recruitment of core staff for the Authority to function effectively is very crucial.  All Departments, Programmes and Projects are to be integrated with a single vote control.  Establishment of an office to house all Directorates and Departments is a priority.

  1. Development of Sites.

This involves the construction of an office space, accommodation and communication system/centre for Site Managers and Forest Guards for all Protected Areas.

  1. Developing the Legal Framework for Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation.

A key step will be to establish the legislations/regulations needed, which allows administration and income generation from environmental services. One of the key legislations to be developed is the Biodiversity Offset Fee Structure and Offset Plan.

  1. Working with Relevant Sectors.

Many forms of human activity affect our forests, and it is vital to work with the relevant sectors (Tourism, Fisheries, Infrastructural Development, Coastal Development, Agriculture, Forestry, Industry, Defense and Science) from the earliest opportunity.

  1. Developing Protocols for Co-Management (Working with the Private Sector, Civil Society Groups).

In the past, most of our Protected Areas were managed by the Government, but this approach is no longer the only appropriate one. Other institutions and interests must be drawn into the management of our Protected Areas. Among the many advantages of involving other partners in this way, is the opportunity it provides to mobilize resources and tap the energies of different sectors of Civil Society. NPAA will develop full partnership with the following

  • Private Sector
  • NGOs
  • Communities
  • Local Government and Chiefdom Authorities
  • International NGOs and Agencies
  1. Sensitization and Awareness-Raising.

The level of awareness would be increased through massive sensitization nationwide by establishing and capacitating an Information, Education and Communication Department.

  1. Development of Participatory Management Plans.

Each Protected Area will have a management plan, which will be reviewed regularly. Each site will have a site management team responsible for day-to-day management, monitoring and reviewing the management plans.

  1. Making Partnerships with Communities and Other Stakeholders.

There is need to identify and understand the local communities and potential partners that would be involved in the management of our Protected Areas. It is recommended to build management partnerships using the collaborative management model, which will be outlined in greater detail.

  1. Selecting Four Pilot Community Sites for Protected Areas.

In Sierra Leone, communities depend greatly on the services and resources provided by the forests. Some forms of forest use can occur without threatening the conservation objectives of the Protected Area because they do not involve habitat modification. This makes it feasible to balance conservation and the needs of the communities. Weight needs to be given to events outside the Protected Areas that might affect it, such as pollution. Following these principles, the NPAA proposes a rigorous set of criteria for site selection that have been applied in many countries over the past few years.

  1. Planning and Managing the Protected Areas.

Management would be responsive and adaptive, working with local interests in a way that builds support for the conservation objectives. To achieve this, managers will adopt a systems approach, set up inter- disciplinary teams and follow a clear sequence of decision-making.

  1. Boundary Demarcation of the Protected Areas.

Boundary demarcation and pillaring will be done by using 2.5m satellite imagery and doing ground truthing for the Protected Areas and National Parks. The declaration of the Regent- Grafton Highway as a Protected Area and the setting up of Co-Management governance structure will be done.

  1. Development of Community Action Plans for Livelihood Support Initiatives for all Protected Areas.

This will be endorsed by the Site Management Committees to be established, which will comprise of members of the Local Government, Chiefdom Authorities and communities.

  1. Establishment of an Integrated Web-Based GIS Management System and Spatial Database System for the monitoring of the network of Protected Areas; Wetlands and other areas of conservation importance.

Established for the monitoring of the Protected Areas; Wetlands and other areas of conservation importance.

  1. Identification of Sustainable Financing Mechanism.

Availability of funds is of prime importance for the management of our Protected Areas. Site Managers will be trained and encouraged to raise funds in as many ways as possible, such as entrance fees, biodiversity offset fees, government subventions, support from donors and environment funds, for the management of the Protected Areas.

  1. Ensuring Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Review.

Develop a monitoring program that provides robust information to underpin management decisions and a research program that allows the Protected Areas to be recognized internationally.