Chainsaw Operators, Alternative livelihood options and climate change mitigation

Authors: Acheampong, Emmanuel Marfo and Shalom Addo-Danso

This study sought to assess the preferences of chainsaw dependent communities for forest- based alternative livelihood interventions that also have potential for climate change mitigation. In particular, the study attempted to answer the following research questions:

  1. What forest-based interventions have the potential to support both rural livelihoods and climate change mitigation efforts simultaneously?
  2. What are the specific preferences of chainsaw operatives for such interventions and the reasons behind their preferences?
  3. What measures should be in place for the preferred forest-based alternative livelihood interventions to be successfully implemented?

This report was produced within the framework of the EU Chainsaw Milling Project “Supporting the integration of legal and legitimate domestic timber markets into Voluntary Partnership Agreements”. The project aims to find sustainable solutions to the problems associated with the production of lumber for local timber markets by involving all stakeholders in dialogue, information gathering and the development of alternatives to unsustainable chainsaw milling practices. In Ghana, the project is being carried out by Tropenbos International (TBI) in collaboration with the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and the Forestry Commission (FC).