World Bank Regional Fisheries Program for Sierra Leone and Liberia

MEP were recruited by the World Bank to work with the Ministry of Fisheries in Sierra Leone and Bureau of National Fisheries in Liberia, to identify the countries’ project components as part of the Regional West African Fisheries Program.

MEP worked with staff and communities with a project steering committee, to prioritise needs, good governance and sustainable management of the fisheries.

Reduction of illegal fishing seeks to reduce the illegal fishing activities threatening the sustainable management of the marine fish resources and the wealth they can generate. More specifically it will improve the fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) system and adapt it to the needs of fisheries management, within the framework of a coordinated approach between countries of the sub-region.

MEP were recruited by the Sub Regional Fisheries commission to prepare and agree the project operations manual, with project steering committees in both countries.  This detailed design of project components included extensive consultation with fishing communities and government institutions and was approved by steering committees, including Ministers.

Following acceptance of manuals, recruitment of project management staff and project launching, MEP were contracted to mentor project implementation teams and government institutions in Sierra Leone and Liberia starting in 2009 and ongoing.