After eight years and the conversion of more than 200 illegal chainsaw millers into artisanal millers Ghana’s Chainsaw Milling Project came to an end in 2016. The project found alternatives to chainsaw milling through a multi-stakeholder dialogue. The dialogue assessed the reasons behind illegal logging and piloted the artisanal milling concept as an alternative to chainsaw milling and as the solution to providing legal wood to the country’s domestic market.
A critical analysis of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) within the context of Ghana has revealed that they can play an important role in rural poverty alleviation instead of merely serving as a safety net for rural farmers as they are presently being utilised.
Future approaches to landscape restoration should aim at fulfilling a broad range of functions that will meet the demands and interests of diverse stakeholders to help alleviate their fears of being marginalised. Steps should also be taken to eschew potential causes for conflict while promoting the sustainability of the landscapes under consideration.