Form Ghana’s planting target for 2018 has been completed. Besides 1,304 ha of teak, 18.5 ha of research trials were planted, including Teak from different provenances and Gmelina, and 295 ha of indigenous species. This means that, together with the 8,500 ha planted in former years, Form Ghana has now established 8,869 ha of teak and in total over 10,000 hectares reforested. This makes Form Ghana to our knowledge the largest teak plantation in Africa.
In a 4-year project, in and around the Tain II Forest Reserve, Form works towards the restoration of the degraded landscape to its former production function, financed with private investments by DOB Ecology. The overall goal is integral management of a landscape (2,200 ha) with all stakeholders, in order to improve livelihoods, productivity and the protection of biodiversity.
Recently one of Form International’s Advisory Board members, Mr Nanno Kleiterp, published his first book ‘Banking for a Better World’. The book emphasizes the scale of the challenge of fulfilling the UN’s sustainable development goals by 2030. Mr Kleiterp is chairman of the board of directors at European Development Finance Institutions, and was formerly CEO of the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank FMO.
Form International has developed a multiple year project to pilot the restoration of the Shea savannah landscape in northern Ghana. Main elements in the restoration strategy is to develop feasible and scalable models for tree planting and improved landscape management that integrate she and other trees on farms. Keys to success are production and distribution of high quality planting stock, good farming models, capacitation of local people in improved management techniques and set-up of nurseries to ensure local seedling production.