Form Ghana which is sustainably managing over 3 thousand hectares of planted teak, FSC-certified since 2010, said it is planning and marking follow-up harvesting as it will continue its harvesting operations this year.
The organization, which has been doing planting, weeding, pruning, and thinning, over the years of the trees on the oldest parts, planted in 2001, had reached an average diameter of 20 cm and were ready to harvest.
A press release issued by Form Ghana indicated that, Form Ghana is the plantation owner and in charge of daily management.
According to Form Ghana, “The plantations have been established with support from the Dutch government (PSOM) and are managed with the help of Form international in the Netherlands.’
It said, its vision is to do reforestation of degraded forest land in accordance with the highest standards for sustainable forest management, serving the needs of the local communities and restoring vital environmental services within an economically viable business model.
“Good contact with the Forestry Commission was crucial in the process,’ it said.
The release also said, when starting the project, back in 2007, the situation in the field was quite different from what one sees.
“Degraded forest areas, little trees, soil erosion … This was the starting point for reforestation, partly with teak, but also with indigenous species, such as Mahogany and Ofram.”
It said, the indigenous species planted in the buffer zones along streams are protecting soil and water, and will not be harvested.
The teak trees however, make the project economically attractive and generate money for the costly management of the whole area.
The company said, it will reforest at least 20,000 hectares of degraded forest reserve in Ghana, and so far planted 8,000 hectares.
“The company operates in a socially, ecologically and economically responsible way. This resulted in a certificate for sustainable forest management awarded by the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM(FSC) in 2010 Form Ghana complies with FSC-principles and requirements, such as maintaining long-term benefits from the forest and enhancing forest workers’ and local communities’ social and economic well-being.”
Form Ghana also noted that, great care is taken to avoid damage to the environment when planning activities such as harvesting, and said, harvesting in Akumadan is done manually with chain saws and extraction of timber is done with tractors.