The Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) held a day long engagement with key actors in the oil and gas sector in Sierra Leone at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown on 1st March, 2023. The objective was to critically examine the effectiveness of the implementation of the Petroleum Policy for Sierra Leone.

With support from MAVA Foundation, through the Regional Partnership for Conservation of the Coastal and Marine Zone in Africa (PRCM), CSSL collaborated with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to roll out activities to mitigate the negative impacts of imminent oil pollution on the marine coastal environment and nearby communities. Participants were drawn from state and non-state actors, including the media across the country to give meaningful inputs as the country prepares to start oil exploitation activities anytime in the future in identified areas.

At the end of the engagement, major gaps were identified in the policy, and recommendations proffered for actions.