FORM International was given the award by Irene Visser, the Managing Director of the Netherlands-African Business Council. "I am very glad to have won this award and we see it as an encouragement to plant more trees," said Paul Hol, CEO of Form International.
The company has over 20,000 hectares of land under management in Ghana. This area, which had been deforested, is now being reforested with both teak and local tree species.
During the COP-21 Climate summit in Paris in December 2015, the company committed itself to the AFR100 initiative, which stipulates that over 100 million of hectares of degraded land should be reforested. "It is possible to do this in a commercially viable way," Paul Hol explained.
NABC: reforestation is very important
"Deforestation is one of the main challenges faced by the people of Africa," said NABC's Managing Director Irene Visser. "FORM International's reforestation drive is having a large and important impact on the continent."
In March, Form International organised the Forests for the Future, New Forests for Africa conference in the Ghanaian capital Accra. It was attended by guest of honour Kofi Annan, who praised the work of FORM international.
A video about the work of FORM International can be seen here.