Country Story: Sierra Leone and Capacity Development

2 Feb 2021

Sierra Leone reported for SDG indicator 6.3.2 for the first time in 2020.

In 2017, during the baseline data drive for this indicator, the national focal point Mr. Mohamed Sahr E Juanah, Director of Hydrological Services of National Water Resources Management Agency (NWMRA), highlighted data gaps and identified the need to build capacity in the country to ensure that water quality data could be collected reliably.

As a first step, the national focal point undertook our Postgraduate Diploma in Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment, which provided him with the knowledge and skills to design a full monitoring programme for the Rokel River basin for the first time.

After the implementation of this monitoring programme, and the collection and analysis of water quality data, an SDG indicator score of 41.7% of designated water bodies with good water quality was reported. Of the 12 water bodies classified, seven failed to meet the 80% compliance criteria for good water quality, and measures to tackle the causes of pollution are needed.

The data obtained also allowed the characterization of the Rokel basin as having naturally very high phosphate and very low electrical conductivity values.

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UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre

UNEP GEMS/Ionad Forbartha Acmhainneachta Uisce

Environmental Research Institute, Ellen Hutchins Building, University College Cork