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Acknowledgements

The Environment Protection Agency-Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) wishes to register its sincere gratitude to the Abidjan Convention, the United Nations Development Programme, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Reptiles and Amphibian Program - Sierra Leone, the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration and all those who have contributed significantly to the preparation and the successful completion of this report. Sincere thanks and appreciation also goes to Dr. Raymond Johnson, Director of the Institute of Marine Biology and Oceanography (IMBO), University of Sierra Leone (USL) for compiling the report. Credit must go to the following individuals, Dr. Morten Sorensen, Dr. Wouter Rommens, Dr. Anne-Cathrin Wölfl, and Dr. Peter Harris of GRID-Arendal, Norway for their technical inputs, direction, guidance and editing of the document; Dr. Ernest Tom Ndomahina, Acting Vice Chancellor and Principal, Njala University, Dr. Reynold Johnson, Department of Geography, USL, Dr. Salieu S. Sankoh of IMBO and Dr. Mustapha O. Thomas of the Department of Geology, USL for their contribution to the report; to the Ministries and Departments and Agencies for the comments and contribution and to all the participants of the February 2014 workshop in Freetown. Last but in no way the least, appreciation goes to Madam Haddijatou Jallow, Executive Chairperson of the EPA-SL for her dynamic leadership and coordination of this whole exercise as well as the dedicated staff of the EPA-SL and in particular, Mr. Lahai Samba Keita and Mr. Paul A. Lamin etc. who facilitated communications between the Abidjan Convention Secretariat, GRID-Arendal and the Agency.