This policy brief is aimed at forest policy shapers in East Africa. It results from studies carried out in Uganda and eastern DR Congo, part of a wider project including Kenya and a global review presented in separate briefing papers. Chainsaws are widely used in the region ‘freehand’ to process logs into timber, and this undeniably contributes to rural livelihoods though often in an illegal context. This raises questions with regards to the appropriateness of prevailing laws and their enforcement. Impacts are considered alongside the use of pitsaws and chainsaw milling attachments.
Fehr, C.; Pasiecznik, N. The potential of chainsaw milling for improving rural livelihoods in Uganda and DR Congo. (2006) 2 pp.