Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio recently visited the Guma Valley Dam, where there has been massive deforestation and encroachment, to call for re-establishment of the Green Belt. He also urged the police and military to work with stakeholders and engage village headmen to protect the environment and water catchment area.
The Guma Valley system supplies over 90% of the total water supply from a single source, to over 1.5 million people in Freetown. This water catchment is heavily threatened by these land encroachments.
“The Western Area Forest Green Belt area is an implementation of Parliament. So, the land is protected by law. We are going to re-establish the GreenBelt and protect it,” he proclaimed.
On this 61st Independence Day for Sierra Leone, we want to emphasize the need to take pride in our natural resources. We are hopeful that the government of Sierra Leone will act quickly and urgently on these commitments to establish the Green Belt and park boundary and this would be a welcome and necessary gift to the people of Salone.
Happy Independence Day! 💕🇸🇱