Community action against the use of Chemicals in Fishing and Mining.
Community action against the use of Chemicals in Fishing and Mining.
The project aims to reduce the proliferation and use of chemicals in fishing and mining which result in the contamination of water bodies and affect human and aquatic animals. It will be implemented in two (2) riverside communities namely: Makpele and Soro Gbema chiefdoms for a period of 12 months. The organization shall organize community meetings where fishermen and other community stakeholders will be sensitized about the dangers of using mercury in gold mining and poisonous chemicals in fishing. Land protection and water rights management and sensitization will also be held. It shall further organize community advocacy groups on the protection of water and land in each of the locations and train them to enhance their ability in monitoring the activities of corporate mining companies and fishing groups using chemicals. They shall be provided with cell phones and cameras to facilitate their monitoring activities. Fishing communities will be provided with fishing gears and trained on sustainable fishing using International best practices.

The project will endeavor to contribute to addressing concerns of various stakeholders and communities in the project area. Specifically, the project shall:
1. Raise or alert downstream communities about any unusual events such as chemical application in mining or fishing in upstream rivers that will result to health challenges.
2. Control the use of chemicals that pollute the rivers which endangered human and aquatic lives
3. Provide sustainable alternative means of livelihood for the people in the area considering minimum health and environmental risks.
4. Provide reporting mechanisms for any early warning signs obtained from the utilization of chemicals by companies, or anybody either for mining or fishing purposes.
5. Map out the activities of mining companies that will likely endanger or undermine the environment and health of communities.
6. Promote the safe and healthy environment of communities.

The communities targeted for this intervention are located along the Moa and Mano Rivers close to the Sierra Leone and Liberia border, south-east of Sierra Leone. The inhabitants of this area derive their livelihoods from farming, fishing small scale mining of gold and copper from the rivers and use of the forests resources. In recent years, large mining corporations have begun gold mining in the areas, causing pollution to the river and causing harm to the wide life and the people who live in the locality.

These mining companies have cleared forests to dig the mines and are causing pollution to the river and the streams. Many kinds of birds, animals, fishes and plants have disappeared as a result of these activities. The rivers have been polluted by the chemical spills from waste ponds and from acid mine drainage.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Tewoh Community Development Organization
Country:
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Chemicals
Operational Phase:
OP6 -Y4 (Jul 18 - Jun 19)
Grant Amount:
US$ 5,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 325.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 40.00
Project Number:
SLE/SGP/OP6/Y4/STAR/CH/29/08/2018/53
Start Date:
10/2018
End Date:
9/2019
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Monthly and quarterly reports shall be prepared by the Project Coordinator and shared with relevant stakeholders (Chiefdom Development Committees of the two chiefdoms; the Pujehun District Council and UNDP GEF SGP). In addition to this, the organization shall also publish news letters on a bi annual basis where stories of change will be reported.
Gender Focus
Sixty (60 %) of the direct beneficiaries are women and they are the ones that will be trained to advocate for environmental and water rights, monitoring and reporting of cases to relevant authorities in the area. Their role is significant for the success of this project because they are the ones who are mostly affected by the activities of the mining corporations and fish poisoning in the area. They walk long distances and spend more times to fetch clean water for cooking, laundry and taking care of children in the homes. If they are empowered through the activities proposed herein, the benefit they get will leverage the investment we make in the, as they are the ones that are mostly vulnerable to the poor environmental situation in the communities.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 2
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 80
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 40
Biophysical
WHO-TEQ (Toxic Equivalency)/year reduction into the environment or elimination of U-POPs namely Dioxins, Furans and PCBs (Poly-chlorinated biphenyls) through the SGP project 150
Biophysical
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 1
Biophysical
Number of local policies informed in POPs focal area 3

Grantee Contact

Ms. Kadiatu Kallon
Phone: + 23276531440
Email: tewohcommunitydevelopmentorgan@gmail.com
 

Address

12 Zimmi-Jendema Road,
Zimmi Makpele , Southern Region , +232

SGP Country office contact

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

Address

UNDP SIERRA LEONE, UN COMPLEX, FOURAH BAY CLOSE, WILBERFORCE
FREETOWN, WESTERN AREA, 23222