From September 2017 to August 2018, EFA implemented a US Embassy – funded project, “Piloting Transformation of Seaweed from Waste to Harvest”. The initial intention of this initiative was for EFA in partnership with the Environmental Science Faculty of the Milton Margai College of Education, Science and Technology, and coastal / beachfront communities of No2 River, Bureh Town and Tokeh, to demonstrate the usefulness of seaweed, through experimentation and trials.
Through these experiments, it was envisaged that there will better understanding about the annual occurrence of seaweed on the beaches, and that knowledge can be generated, showing that seaweed can make meaningful contributions to the social, ecological and economic livelihoods in the participating communities.
On a practical level, the project set out to support the establishment of experimental plots, using seaweed as a fertilizer to grow a range of useful plants, at various locations within the 3 communities. Demonstration sites were to be set up at the grounds of the Biodiversity and Renewable Energy Learning Centre (Learning Centre), the Milton Margai College agricultural plot.
Alongside experimenting with seaweed, EFA also engage intensively with the communities of – No 2 River, Tokeh and Bureh Town – to establish a system of waste management in each community, that will help to maintain cleanliness in the communities while also generating revenue from the regular collection and proper disposal of domestic waste. (See full report on project)