Environmental Protection Agency

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established by the Environmental Protection Agency Act of 2008 and is responsible for the protection of Sierra Leone's environment.[1][2]

Organisation

The EPA is governed by an executive board which provides general policy guidance and supervises the work of the Agency.[3]

The Board is headed by the Executive Chairman who is responsible to the Office of the President and assisted by the Director and three Deputy Directors.[4] The Executive Chairman also supervises the staff of the Agency. [5]

Administratively, EPA-SL consists of six Departments namely:[6]

  • Chemical Control and Management Department
  • Information, Education and Communication Department
  • Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Department
  • Inter-Sectoral and International Cooperation Department
  • Finance and Administration Department
  • Natural Resources Management Department

Current office holders

As of October 2013, the following positions are held by:[7]

Haddijatou Jallow (Executive Chairman), Dr Kolleh Bangura (Director), Victor H. O. Sawyerr (Deputy Director in charge of policy, planning and research), and Syl-Brians Kamara (Deputy Director in charge of field operations and extension).

Functions

The EPA has the following key functions:[8]

  • ensuring compliance with any environmental impact assessment procedures in the planning and execution of development projects
  • acting as the focal point on all issues concerning the environment

Clarification of mandate

As part of the Extractive Industries Technical Assistance Project (EITAP) a set of regulations addressing environmental and social issues was drafted[9]

As of July 2013, it is unclear whether the EPA or the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources is responsible for taking forward these draft regulations to the Cabinet and as to who has responsibility for enforcing them.[10]

References

  1. Political Economy of Extractives: Governance in Sierra Leone”. Fanthorpe, R. and Gabelle C., 2 July 2013.
  2. About the EPA-SL”. Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone, retrieved 25 October 2013.
  3. Organizational Structure of EPA-SL Organizational Structure of EPA-SL”. Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone, retrieved 25 October 2013.
  4. Organizational Structure of EPA-SL Organizational Structure of EPA-SL”. Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone, retrieved 25 October 2013.
  5. Organizational Structure of EPA-SL Organizational Structure of EPA-SL”. Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone, retrieved 25 October 2013.
  6. Organizational Structure of EPA-SL Organizational Structure of EPA-SL”. Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone, retrieved 25 October 2013.
  7. Staff Directory”. Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone, retrieved 25 October 2013.
  8. Political Economy of Extractives: Governance in Sierra Leone”. Fanthorpe, R. and Gabelle C., 2 July 2013.
  9. Political Economy of Extractives: Governance in Sierra Leone”. Fanthorpe, R. and Gabelle C., 2 July 2013.
  10. Political Economy of Extractives: Governance in Sierra Leone”. Fanthorpe, R. and Gabelle C., 2 July 2013.