Fish Biodiversity Status and Water Quality Parameters of the Gbondapi-Wanjai Riverine Strait.
Fish Biodiversity Status and Water Quality Parameters of the Gbondapi-Wanjai Riverine Strait.
The primary objective of this project is to document all information about the physico-chemical parameters that would influence fish abundance and biodiversity and raise awareness of locals about the status of fish species in the Gbondapi fishing community. Specific objectives include capacity building of field staff and young scientists, through training in skills for conducting water quality parameters, fish species collection and identification, use of field equipment and data collection; collect data on all possible water quality parameters from Gbondapi riverine; conduct research on socio economic and livelihood activities of the Gbondapi community; recording of fish species composition within these water bodies and setting up a data base for fish species abundance in the Gbondapi riverine.
Activities will include training of field staff in using key research instrument/tools/methods, and conducting community sensitization and education meetings/seminars. It is hoped that this work will serve as a base for an intended national fresh waters fisheries biodiversity research. The project is located in Gbondapi town which is in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone. It is one of the major fishing communities found in Pujehun district, Kpanga-kabonde Chiefdom. The town situated located 12 miles away from the district head quarter town Pujehun. The road leading to Gbondapi is gravel terrain with potholes and make it difficult for low vehicles to easy ply the route. Motor bikes (Okadas) are common of transportation. The population of Gbondapi is 5000, dominated by female (SSL, 2015). But this population increase during the periodic market days. During the dry season, migrant fishermen come to Gbondapi for fishing activities and this increase the human population and exploitation of the aquatic resources. Although fish communities may have a high degree of natural variability, they can be useful indicators of ecosystem health. Berkman and others (1986) recommended fish be given consideration in biological water-quality monitoring of streams because they generally are perceived by the public to be ecologically relevant, and they are directly related to legislative mandates because of human health and endangered species concerns. Low abundances and types of fish species may be influenced by water quality and habitat which could be affected by the surrounding land use
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Project Snapshot

Planning Green Futures Non Governmental Organization
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Operational Phase:
OP6 -Y4 (Jul 18 - Jun 19)
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 10,182.93
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Indigenes and home base fishermen usually have wealth of knowledge about their immediate surroundings that could be of importance to the research or surveys; it is therefore eminent that PGF-NNGO will tap into that local knowledge and make the best use of them and also improve upon them through the provision of refined and structured training for better understanding of the scientific knowledge. Field staff will be encouraged to always listen to what locals have got to say before sharing their ideas and information about a particular water body, fish species and the socio-economic/livelihood activities they know about. This firsthand information or data sharing process will raise the awareness and or assure locals of their local knowledge about their water bodies and species richness. For staff, the training exercise will serve as a capacity building process which PGF-NNGO hopes will last since they will be in the field even after the proposed project. The use of different tools and skills used in the research is hoped to last in the minds of all those that will be involved
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Result of the research will include a list supported photos of freshwater fish species recorded in the Gbondapi riverine. For whatever lessons learned from the field, staff will be encouraged to include such ideas, stories and experiences for inclusion into the final report. These will be compiled and copied on a CD and sent to UNDP GEF- SGP, TV programmes will be organized to generate public discussion about the results of the research, copies will be made available in our (PGF-NNGO) resource center, research and library Unit of MFMR and copies sent to the University and College Libraries in the country and make available to every interested persons/stakeholders.
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Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 50
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 5000

Grantee Contact

Ms. Ranita Koroma
Phone: +23278585727


112 Circular Road
Freetown , Western Area , +232

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985
Mr. Desmond Luseni