Dr. Sama Siama Banya
Dr. Sama Siama Banya is a classic example of a national figure who has worked hard to promote environmental protection and conservation in his country.
From his early professional days as a physician, Dr. Banya was able to see the correlation between a poor environment, sanitation and the health of his people. He has helped combat outbreaks of cholera and for years campaigned for a sanitized environment for the health of all.
As cabinet minister and policy maker, he was instrumental in piloting and financing the first three wildlife parks in Sierra Leone. Dr. Banya is a founding member and Honorary President of the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) and Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council. CSSL works with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Government of Sierra Leone, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Jane Goodall Institute in supporting wildlife protection and sustainable development in the country's three national parks and the Gola rainforest.
One of Dr. Banya's most recent successful initiative has been to help create national awareness and to sensitize governors on wildlife conservation when he launched a special wildlife week which was graced by the Head of State and Dr. Jane Goodall.