Forward Thinking Forestry
We partner with Forest Resource Managers (FRM) in Ghana to grow local and exotic timber and staple crops.
The overwhelming desire to reforest to meet current resource needs and to use forests as a means of fighting global warming has been the driving force behind Vision 2050 Forestry’s operations in the past 20 years. The globe is experiencing an unprecedented strange weather patterns that have scientifically been traced back to anthropogenic (human-induced) factors on the planet earth. Human activities such as excessive fumes from factories, airplanes, automobile engines and thermal/coal fired energy plants are a few that have immense impact on the air we breathe, quality of food, water, human health and the climate. Most humans have still not learnt that while collecting water today to quench the thirst, we must be careful not to destroy the reservoir. In fact, we have been causing damage to the nature reservoir. Today, the excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is over 40 billion tons, and it is increasing by day with the grim forecast that 5 billion people will be negatively affected by 2050. What should we do before this all-important year? All eco-friendly humans must buy into a strategy that is geared towards mitigating global warming effects. Vision 2050 Forestry’s strategy to provide a practical solution to the forest growth and conservation problems, is a vision backed with action plans to address the problem.
VTF has seriously pondered over the destructive path humans are on and has been working hard over the past 20 years to devise practical means by which we can collectively replace, nurture and conserve our forests, safeguard the indispensable water bodies, cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and save the globe from unprecedented climate catastrophes. This is extensively covered in our Strategy Plan Summary with the intension to highlight some of the suggestions, services, interventions and expected cooperation from various individuals and organisations across all industry spectrums, so that we can, with a united front, confront the threat of global warming and its effects.
In view of the above challenges, Vision 2050 Forestry has been working in the last few years to counteract the impact of global warming by introducing certain products and services that can address the above challenges.
The objective is to think green, act green, live green and improve the quality of life. Each of the interventions comes with an initial cost, but the return in terms of financial, and more importantly non-financial gains far out-way those costs. The following are some of the innovative techniques, products and services that have been introduced so far: In the light of the above, VTF has set itself the target of planting one (1) billion timber trees and (1) billion moringa trees between now and 2023. At the end of each 8th year beginning 2018, the 1 billion tree project will be re-launched to keep the afforestation momentum, through enrichment planting, replacement due to thinning-out/dying-out and increased demand for wood and medicinal products. To attain this goal requires the involvement of more people, both physically on the field and off-field individuals who can afford to have resources work on their behalf. The five-year project ending 2023 will be launched in 2018. Nurseries are already being raised way before the scheduled launch.
Benefits of mixed local species
Local community partners have more experience working with indigenous species. When maintenance is required in the plantations we make every attempt to leverage their understanding of the trees by using manual techniques over pesticides and herbicides. This is less expensive than using chemical controls and has the added benefit of providing more paid jobs for local community members.
Finally, diversifying the mix of tree species reduces investment risk by limiting exposure to price fluctuations for a single type of wood. As the supply of tropical hardwoods declines with the amount of primary forest available for harvest, our plantations will represent an increasingly rare supply of these species.
“The plantations aim to turn plots of deforested land into sustainable tropical ecosystems. Not only do these help the planet to breathe, but they also turn a profit for local communities.”