For the first time, the Nuffic Tailor Made Training on ‘Sustainable commercial reforestation management’ has been provided at Form Ghana’s training centre in Berekum. 32 young professionals working at Form Ghana Ltd. or at related institutes in Ghana, Togo, and Sierra Leone, have been trained in the field of reforestation management.
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.
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.
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.