Sustainable Conservation of Biodiversity through alternative Livelihood Support (SCBLS)
Sustainable Conservation of Biodiversity through alternative Livelihood Support (SCBLS)
This project is designed to contribute to addressing the full range of the socio-economic and environmental issues in the Gola forest region, The organization will implement a sustainable livelihood alternative project which will enable local community groups to enhance food security through inland valley swamp and low land development and rehabilitation for vegetable productions and reforestation with focus on wide range of tree planting on farms and within community landscapes. It intends to improve social and economic status through income generating activities as key to speed local development. Also it is anticipated that different community groups such as farmers, women, and youth groups, will be established with the support of the project. Gondama Community Development Foundation will encourage these community groups to be in the forefront for their own development to make sure that the activities will be done according to the communities’ own plan under the leadership of their elected representatives thus ensuring full participation, transparence and responsibility. This approach is to ensure concentration of project for visible impact and strong synergy creation through working with the relevant stakeholders. The empowerment of local stakeholders in sustainable land and forest restoration and management within the Gola forest region is linked to The GEF/SGP Country Programme Strategy, the government of Sierra Leone’s plan and also fits into the community needs.

The designed project intends to substitute livelihood activities and accelerate local people’s support in biodiversity conservation which is linked with the GEF/SGP Country Programme Strategy. It will build /strengthen the economic capacity of 150 women in 10 communities around the Gola forest to be self-sufficient with livelihood alternatives. The one year project will be implemented in 10 communities in Barri and Makpella chiefdoms with a total budget of $ 12,955 has been approved by the National Steering Committee of the GEF Small Grants Programme and $5,000 will be contributed locally by organization/communities. The estimated grand total funds will be used for the implementation of this Project on Conservation of Biodiversity with no additional funding requirement.

At the end of the project, both beneficiaries and communities capacities on conservation biodiversity in the target project area would be enhanced; communities would have gained experience in cooperation and also the confidence to put in place some harmonized policies to address the conservation biodiversity. Although the primary outcome of the proposed project is to alleviate threats to biodiversity but also has a strong secondary outcome to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable groups in target communities.

Project Snapshot

Gondama Community Development Foundation Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
Phase 5
Grant Amount:
US$ 12,955.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 3,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 2,000.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
During focus group discussions at the assessment stage, the first step was to identify objectives, including the priorities. Youths and other relevant stakeholders in beneficiary communities were allowed to play an active role in the planning and designing of this project. They assisted in identifying the overall conservation objectives and genuinely participated in the overall meetings. The planning, implementation and monitoring of this project is participatory at all levels. This effective participation and involvement of local people and community youth groups in the project planning/implementation monitoring is a condition of relevance and sustainability of activities
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
For the implementation of the project activities the CBO will develop a work plan to guide the work to be undertaken. The organization will hold consultative meetings with stakeholders including Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Youth Livelihood Schools (YLS) in the target communities in the target communities to ensure that their views are captured in the project indicators of success. These meetings will provide the opportunity for the collection of information about the conserved forest and other information needed for the development of forest management plan. The M&E Team will ensure the overall quality of data collection and dissemination of information and knowledge management for the implementation of the project activities. The results of the project will be communicated to all stakeholders and funding agency on an agreed reporting time schedule. Community Radio, newspaper publications, and newsletters will be used as key in disseminating information on project result and stories from the field. Project sign post with information on project core objectives and outcome, name of implementing agency and UNDP as funding agency will be displayed in the communities.
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Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 10000
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 2
Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 10000
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 30000
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 120

Grantee Contact

Mr. Siaka Len A. Massaquoi
Phone: 76537676
Fax: 76537676


44 Kawusu Street
Bo , Southern Region , +232

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985