Acting Ambassador Laurie Meininger plants a tree on Sierra Leone National Tree Planting Day

The U.S. government partners with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) and other ministries dedicated to the conservation of Sierra Leone’s fragile environment.

The rapid and indiscriminant felling of trees is leading to deforestation of large parts of Sierra Leone, contributing to soil erosion. This in turn has resulted in landslides and flash floods and is affecting agriculture production which in turn affects citizens’ livelihoods and economic growth.   To reverse this situation, we need to plant trees and repopulate the forests. The U.S. Government will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security and other ministries as Sierra Leone moves forward on its initiatives for environmental protection and forestry restoration