EFA was founded in June 1992, as the Environmental Foundation for Sierra Leone (ENFOSAL), around the time of the Rio Summit and started implementation in Sierra Leone 1993. During the height of the war years, ENFOSAL was compelled to cease operations in Sierra Leone and established in Liberia in 1997, under its current name, Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA). EFA restarted operations in Sierra Leone in 1999, where it has been based since.
EFA’s mission, is to empower the people of West Africa, to conserve and protect the richly bio-diverse and threatened ecosystems of the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot, to restore degraded environments, empower local communities and contribute to poverty reduction and environmental sustainability [through conducting environmental awareness, education and advocacy initiatives; managing protected areas and promoting biological research and ecotourism development for the sustainable livelihoods of forest-edge communities].
Today, capitalizing on its wealth of experience, EFA is:
1. Running the Biodiversity and Renewable Energy Learning Centre as a key hub for environmental advocacy, education outreach, knowledge management, best practice demonstrations, and exemplifying the Sustainable Development Goals, targeting the following groups:
governmental agencies, schools, universities, private sector entities, civil society organisations and the communities living around the Western Area Peninsula Forest National Park.
2. Managing the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary in partnership with NJala University and the Tiwai Communities and seeking a long term financing mechanism, to maintain the facilities and support community development initiatives.
3. Working with all partners of the #LandthatweloveSierraLeone movement, to implement the national campaign – ‘Every Child Plants a Tree’, as part of efforts to intensify the engagement of young children, to increase forest cover, while promoting the culture of care and respect for the environment among present and future generations.