Over the past two years, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have been working with more than a dozen local and national partners in Sierra Leone to lay the groundwork for the Western Area Peninsula Water Fund, which will facilitate investments in nature-based solutions for the protection and restoration of the Western Area Peninsula National Park (WAPNP), ensuring sustainability of the Western Area Peninsula’s water supply for future generations.
As a first step towards establishing the Water Fund, a Business Case demonstrating the potential economic impact and expected benefits of a water fund supporting land conservation measures in and around the WAPNP has been developed. Additionally, a number of pilot demonstration projects are currently underway and the governance structure of the Water Fund is being established.
This panel discussion will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, ranging from high-level government officials to community leaders, to discuss how investments in nature-based solutions facilitated through a Water Fund will help Freetown and the Western Area Peninsula tackle water scarcity and resilience challenges.
Hosted by: Catholic Relief Services , Sierra Leone