As part of the United Nations’ “Joint Vision for Sierra Leone” programme, meteorological services are being restored to Sierra Leone. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are providing assistance to the Sierra Leone Meteorological Department.

The project aims to re-establish basic infrastructure and maintenance procedures for climate applications and real time weather forecasting in the country.

Professionals from the United Kingdom Meteorological Office visited Sierra Leone in October 2011 to assess the six proposed weather station locations and the central database system was also discussed. A team from the UK are returning to Sierra Leone early this year to complete the installation of the weather stations and train five national staff as weather technicians and five staff as forecasters.

With more effective meteorological services and accurate weather forecasting for the country, farmers will be better able to plan the planting and harvesting of their crops, communities can receive more advanced warnings of approaching extreme weather conditions and the effects of climate change on Sierra Leone will be better understood.