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Environmental policies and protection are not at the forefront of people’s minds, which is shown in the destruction of the country’s environment.1 70% of the land was covered with forests only a century ago, but now because of commercial logging and subsistence farming, only 5% remains.1

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Sierra Leone News

Vanguard 
... of U.S. commitment to democracy in the region. “This is part of our support for growing democracies in Africa,” Amb. Briwa said. The support came as a huge boost to the government of Sierra Leone, considering the shortage of fund for the National ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Following the landslides and floods that hit Freetown and surrounding areas on 14 August 2017, the UN system in Sierra Leone continues to support national recovery. In addition to addressing the urgent needs of those most affected, medium and long term ... See more..
Sierra Leone Telegraph 
NGC Media & Communications Team Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 October 2017 The long-awaited registration of the National Grand Coalition was completed ... See more..
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Dailyuw 
After additional research, he chose high-burdened Sierra Leone as his destination. He remembered learning about LLIN at the UW and decided to raise enough money to bring a preliminary supply of 150 nets into Sierra Leone as a two-week pilot project. See more..
africanews 
Sierra Leoneans will go to the polls in 2018 to elect a new president. Incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma is not eligible to stand after serving two consecutive terms. Koroma came to power in 2007 under the aegis of the All People's Congress (APC), he won a ... See more..
News24 
Sierra Leone says it plans to auction off a massive 709-carat diamond at a December sale in New York, aiming to make a clean break with the "blood diamonds" ... See more..
Windsor Star 
The Sierra Leone community in Windsor may be small, but it has big dreams to help overseas families devastated by a massive mudslide. In August, an enormous blanket of mud swept through the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown, killing more than 600 ... See more..
Awoko 
The Government of Sierra Leone in partnership with a diamond auction company, Rappaport, is set to auction Sierra Leone's 709-carat 'peace diamond' in New York on 4 December 2017 after viewings in Israel, Belgium and at the United Nations. See more..
Awoko 
The EU Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Tom Vens, commented that the signing “is proof of the EU's ongoing efforts to eradicate human trafficking and the worst forms of child labour. We are glad to support GOAL and its partners in protecting the human ... See more..
Awoko 
In Sierra Leone, women represent 50.9% of the total population and their basic health needs have yet to be adequately addressed by local, national and international policies. The country representative for UNFPA, Dr. Kim E. Dickson, said, “Women suffer ... See more..
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia
Area

Total 71,740 sq km
Land 71,620 sq km
Water 120 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April)
Natural Resources

diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore, gold, chromite ;
Natural Hazards

dry, sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to February); sandstorms, dust storms
Current Environmental Issues

rapid population growth pressuring the environment; overharvesting of timber, expansion of cattle grazing, and slash-and-burn agriculture have resulted in deforestation and soil exhaustion; civil war depleted natural resources; overfishing

Demographics

Nationality
Sierra Leonean
Population
5,612,685 (July 2013 est.)
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Sierra Leone is an extremely poor nation with tremendous inequality in income distribution. While it possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure has yet to recover from the civil war, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development. Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture. Manufacturing consists mainly of the processing of raw materials and of light manufacturing for the domestic market. Alluvial diamond mining remains the major source of hard currency earnings, accounting for nearly half of Sierra Leone's exports. The fate of the economy depends upon the maintenance of ...See More domestic peace and the continued receipt of substantial aid from abroad, which is essential to offset the severe trade imbalance and supplement government revenues. The IMF completed a Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility program that helped stabilize economic growth and reduce inflation and in 2010 approved a new program worth $45 million over three years. Political stability has led to a revival of economic activity such as the rehabilitation of bauxite and rutile mining, which are set to benefit from planned tax incentives. A number of offshore oil discoveries were announced in 2009 and 2010. The development on these reserves, which could be significant, is still several years away, however, growth skyrocketed to more than 20% in 2012, as exploitation activities began. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$8.412 billion (2012 est.); $7.023 billion (2011 est.); $6.625 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

19.1% of GDP (2012 est.); -1% of GDP (2011 est.); -1.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, coffee, cocoa, palm kernels, palm oil, peanuts; poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs; fish
Industries

diamond mining; small-scale manufacturing (beverages, textiles, cigarettes, footwear); petroleum refining, small commercial ship repair