The Chinese apparently, according to locals. Apparently the Chinese are going to construct a dam up there somewhere.
According to a recent correspondence I received… “the Chinese government assists the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) in building a hydro-dam directly above the falls, which is supposed to produce electricity for Charlotte Village. However, the villagers also confirmed that they have been neither involved in the decision making nor in the planning process.
Ironically to say that the deforestation took place directly below the large sign board of the UNDP funded "Fuel wood project for youth empowerment, job creation and sustainable development of the Western Area Peninsula Forest", being implemented by CSSL, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth & Sports. Even though this project deals with forestry related matters, there is no mentioning of the Forestry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Foresty & Food Security (MAFFS).”
It is doubtful whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been conducted, as stipulated for such type of project in the SLEPA Act 2008.
I’m no environmental expert but I don’t think this bodes well for the enormous potential for tourism development around the falls. I’ll let you judge for yourself with some before and after shots…
HELP SAVE THE PENINSULA AREA FOREST.