Assessment of Baseline Indicators of the Chainsaw Milling Project in Ghana

Authors: Paul Bosu, Naomi Appiah and Emmanuel Marfo

This report is the outcome of a baseline assessment carried at the end of the first phase (2007-2012) of the project “Developing alternatives for illegal chainsaw lumbering through multi-stakeholder dialogue in Ghana and Guyana” to determine the extent to which the project achieved its objectives; and provide insight on pertinent issues specific to the CSM project in Ghana and the world at large. It also provides an outline of the baseline indicators for assessment at the end of the second phase of the project, (2012 – 2015).

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).