His Excellency, The President launched the Scoping Report for the SEA of Potential Oil and Gas Development in Sierra Leone on 13th March 2012.
In his address, H.E. President Koroma noted that when any major new mineral resource is discovered and exploited this can have major macro-economic benefits but it can also give rise to development pressures which have both beneficial and adverse social consequences at regional and local level.
In addition, unless development is handled with great care serious adverse environmental impacts can be caused for marine life, fisheries and coastal tourism development.
A Steering group has been set up including a wide range of Government Ministries and Agencies. They include:
Planning Green Futures managed the SEA Process and the final SEA Report can be accessed on the EPA website.