Forests For the Future

Sustainable Forestry Investments

Impact on nature’s future: Restoring degraded land

There are lots of opportunities in the field of sustainability worldwide that require great thinking. And this is what Sustainable Forestry Investments (SFI) does best: foreseeing great opportunities and act upon these. SFI operates on a large scale, and this is exactly why we are able to make a difference. We restore degraded land by reforesting forests and sisal and by producing high-quality timber and sisal products.

We operate in Tanzania and Ghana, where we currently manage over 30,000 hectares of land that will be fully restored in a sustainable way. We succeed in our ambitious plans by managing the land in a Public Private Partnership that we have with governments, both national and locally, and traditional landowners. Besides, we co-operate with third parties, such as development banks and climate funds. This is a proven successful concept with a favorable return on blended investment. Already 15,000 hectares have been covered with plantations. Our long-term approach, combined with the large scale on which we operate, requires a far-sighted vision of both SFI and our partner investors. We are ready to start a dialogue today, to invest in the future of tomorrow.

Ghana in Operation

10,000 hectares have been reforested

Vision and Mission

Our Vision: SFI aims to develop new forest plantations, agro-forestry plantations and agricultural land uses in Africa on degraded lands with a clear high ecological level and social sustainable impact. We restore vast areas of degraded land and bring back the productivity of the land in such a way that communities, the local government and all relevant stakeholders share this approach and become a sound partner. We use a unique concept for this which meets the highest standards of sustainability.



Our Mission: In the next years SFI will become Africa’s frontrunning company in land restoration and reforestation. Producing the best timber in a sustainable way with local partners and communities. SFI contributes to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and AFR100 goals by restoring 100 million ha of degraded land in Africa in 2030. We are eager to demonstrate the great opportunity of landscape restoration in Africa through sustainable forestry, agro-forestry and agricultural investments as proven concept and successful business case.

Unique approach

The unique investment concept consists of three pillars. First, SFI establishes a good relationship with traditional landowners, farmers and the population in the area. Secondly, SFI respects high ecological level and environmental standards. Lastly, we develop forest plantations in such a way that this leads to an increase of financial-economical values and the target return on investment.

Social

  • Landlease instead of purchase
  • Creating local employment
  • Intercropping by local farmers
  • Training and good working conditions for employees
  • Revenues partly return to local community
  • Stimulate outgrowing

Ecological

  • Reforestation of degraded land
  • Restore 10% of the planted seedlings are local species
  • Conservation and restoration of bufferzones along waterways
  • Enhance biodiversity
  • Restore water and soil quality
  • Positive influence on global carbon balance

Economical

  • Respond to declining supply and growing demand for sustainable timber
  • Boost local economy
  • Yield much higher and harvesting cycle shorter than natural forest
  • Main tree species teak is highly profitable
  • Periodic revenues due to annual planting
  • Besides timber, income generation from carbon credits

Meet the Team

Paul Hol - CEO

Mr. Hol is CEO of SFI and founder/owner of Form International. He has extensive international experience as a senior forestry advisor and is specialized in sustainable forest management, reforestation and forest certification. Besides Form international, Mr. Hol has initiated Sustainable Forestry Investments through the establishment of SFI Ghana and SFI Tanzania.

Folkert Jan Jager - CFO

Mr. Jager is Chief Financial Officer of Sustainable Forestry Investments and Form International. He holds an MSc in International Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and has over 25 years of experience as CFO/Finance Director in various international companies and a NGO operating in Africa. He is responsible for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the group companies.

Jan van der Sijde – COO

Mr. van der Sijde holds an MSc. degree in Forest Management from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa as well as an MBA degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has over 30 years of management experience in the (agro)forestry plantation industry and has worked in South Africa, Mozambique and Laos. He also participated in forestry projects in Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Congo. Mr. van der Sijde is in charge to lead SFI Tanzania and SFI Ghana.

Landscape restoration and reforestation is our passion.

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