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Advanced training on forest plantation management

In October 2017, 33 forestry professionals were intensively trained at Form Ghana’s training center in Berekum. The subjects for this training were: Advanced fire training, fire ecology training and advanced silviculture.

All are important subjects for the developing forest plantation industry in Ghana. Participants are professionals of Form Ghana Ltd., Forestry Commission, Miro Forestry, Newmont Golden Ridge Ltd, 2iis Plantation Ltd, and technicians of University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani. All are organizations and companies who have set the target to replant or take care of Ghana’s forests.

In October 2016, Form Ghana organized a similar initial training on sustainable commercial reforestation management. Because of its great success and large interest from other forestry companies Form Ghana organized this follow-up, advanced training.

The training was developed by a consortium of Van Hall Larenstein, Form International and CMO Forestry Operations Africa. It was designed to meet specific training needs of staff of reforestation projects and plantation companies in Ghana. The training focused on giving advanced, in depth, hands-on training that enables capacitates forestry professionals to take up management and grow further in their organisation. Therefore, the trainers now zoomed in and deepened upon a selection of topics taught during the introduction course.

This training was a great experience for both trainers and trainees. It created a proactive learning environment where professionals from different institutes exchanged and interacted. Trainees stressed that they can use the classroom activities right away in their daily tasks. Trainee Matthew Essuman says: “This training has added to my capacities and confidence as a forester and supervisor. For example, during firefighting activities I am surer about what I am doing because I now have the practical and theoretical skill to base my decisions on. I know exactly what I am supposed to do in a certain situation and which options I have.

Also, the trainers noticed that their efforts are highly appreciated and that they support the capacity of the trainees. “It is good to see last year’s trainees again, you see them growing into their position. I find it rewarding that I can contribute to their skills. When I see them working on the assignments in-field, it immediately becomes clear that trainees are always searching for applications in their day-to-day-job. The questions they ask are always related to their reality,”, says trainer Peter van der Meer.

The training was nominated by the Embassy of The Netherlands in Accra and funded under the EP-Nuffic Tailor-Made Training program. Form Ghana had the great honor to welcome Ambassador Ron Strikker and his wife Connie to the training. In his speech to the trainees, his excellency emphasized the need of planting trees: “I cannot envisage a world without trees, it would be a nightmare! We all share a passion for trees. This training ensures that we have trees, now and in the future.” The visit of the ambassador was concluded with a tree planting ceremony in which both Connie and Ambassador Ron Strikker planted an indigenous tree on the Form Ghana Berekum office site.

Please find a video report about the training here