Sierra Leone - Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL)

BirdLife Partner


Founded in: 1986
Members: 511
Staff: 13
Address: 4C Old Railway Line, Tengbeh Town, Freetown, SL
Email: cssl_03@yahoo.com
Web: http://conservationsl.org/

Mission of the organisation

To promote conservation (wise use) and management of natural resources for sustainable development in Sierra Leone.

Key Activities

  • Education and public awareness
  • Provide information and data based resource center for conservation and the environmental acitivites. 
  • Biological research and site based action for species sites and habitats
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Communication partnerships and linkages with other environmental conservation organizations and agencies.

Recent Achievements

  • Organizational Strengthening  For Improved Governance: CSSL made tremendous strides between 2011-2013 to rejuvenate the organisation’s capacity and profile and has effectively re-launched the organization.. For that reason, BLI wrote to CSSL on 2 October 2012 confirming such achievement and restoring the Society’s partner status once again.
  • Environmental Education: CSSL has had a great legacy in fostering the development of young conservationists. Through internship opportunities, the Society has been the starting point for scores of  young conservationists who have gone on to further their conservation career nationally and internationally.
  • School Nature Clubs: CSSL has successfully engaged  tens of hundred of Sierra Leone’s school children through its continuous work with Nature Clubs which were spread throughout the country before the past civil conflict but which is now concentrated in Freetown, Daru in the eastern province and Bonthe in the southern province.
  • Wildlife Week Celebrations: The popular Wildlife Week celebrations  began in  1990s as national calender activities to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife and environmental conservation. They have been held annually since then, including during the civil war.
  • The Gola Rain Forest Programme: Now a world renowned conservation project the Gola Forest Programme (GFP) is a tripartite programme managed by three institutions including the Ministry of Agric. Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).. One of the greatest achievements of the project is the declaration, by His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone, the Gola Forest as a National Park on the 03 December 2011.  The programme attracts over USD 1 million in funding annually.
  • Sea Turtle Coservation Programme: Another of CSSL’s best known conservation projects is the endangered sea turtle project funded by the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service. As a result of this successful awareness raising and community development project, there has been a drastic drop in the rate at which sea turtles have been endangered  with  extinction  on Sierra Leone’s beaches.Programme now being devolved to new NGO since August 2012.
  • Environmental Justice Foundation is working with the EJF/CSSL project officer  on the Illegal Unregulated and Unreported(IUU) fishing project and have so far achieved the following:

i. Increased awareness of sustainable fisheries practices and methods resulting  in significant reductions in the use of illegal fishing nets and practices.

ii. Formation of  School Nature Clubs  in over 30 schools in project areas.

iii. Reduction in the unsustainable harvesting of the mangrove vegetation.

iv. Increased involvement of the local councillors in the co-management of the coastal and marine resources.

  • The Regional Coastal and Marine Conservation Programme (PRCM) based at CSSL from 2009 to 2012  successfully completed the pilot project of the in West Africa in June 2012. This project has laid the strong foundation for the establishment of the Yawri Bay as the first Marine Protected Area in Sierra Leone.
  • Collaborated with RSPB scientists to conduct baseline surveys and record habitat usage by the Emerald Starling birds species in 3 areas of Sierra Leone.