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.
In July 2017, we had the fabulous news from the African Development Bank (AfDB), approving the loan to extent the reforestation project in Ghana. This is considered a breakthrough in Climate Financing. For the AfDB the USD24 million loan to the Form Ghana project represents the first Private Sector direct investment in restoration of degraded forests, and the first Forest Investment Program (FIP) private sector project in Africa.
In October 2017, the advanced EP-Nuffic tailor-made training took place at Form Ghana’s training center in Berekum. 33 forestry professionals, from different organizations, were intensively trained. The training was designed to meet specific needs of staff of reforestation projects and plantation companies.