By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Executive Director of the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) has said in Freetown that they have established linkages with partners across the world to contribute immensely to the protection of thousands of birds’ species who migrate to the country.
Dr. Sama Mundeh revealed that his organization is playing host to three experts from the United Kingdom – David Paynter, Chas Holt and Richard Hearn – who are in the country to trace and count the migratory birds, as well as empower Sierra Leoneans with the necessary skills on how to preserve thousands of birds in the country.
He said the migrating birds are closely monitored by means of devices like sim card placed in the brain, which enables watchers to trace their location, and that over the years hundreds of millions of birds have migrated from Europe to Africa during winter, where they rest, breed, feed and later return to their various destinations in the summer.
The CSSL boss, who served as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security in the previous regime, commended the current government for providing what he referred to as the legal framework for protecting the environment, adding that: “I must confess that this government is doing well on environmental matters more than the previous regime.”
He said the Conservation Society has always been involved in influencing a policy framework, advocacy, sensitization and implementation on wildlife conservation with the relevant stakeholders. He said they remain committed to taking part in whatever development activities on environmental management.
“The Society was established in September 1986 with the mandate of preserving wild life and natural species in the environment. Since its establishment, the organization has worked with the government as well as local and international partners to ensure that the country’s natural resources are protected,” he said.
Also making a statement, Papanie Bai Sesay, Biodiversity Officer at CSSL, said they have acquired many skills from the experts. “Even though resources are limited for this year’s exercise, yet we were able to manage things out. We want to get more people onboard and increase the number of Important Bird Areas,” he said.