Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Tool Details

Basic technology in forest operations

Year of publication 1982
This handbook deals with the manufacture and utilisation of tools and mechanism meant to reduce the expenditure of physical energy and improve productivity in labour-intensive forestry operations. The aim is to make forest work easier, to promote self-reliance at the community level and to decrease dependence on foreign currency. It is not meant to support or encourage heavy labour-intensive operations. This handbook is mainly for the use by forest owners and operators (forest owners associations, independent operators, logging foremen and supervisors); extension personnel (extension specialists, training schools); tool manufacturers (machine shops, blacksmith shops and the like). The handbook is written in a clear and simple language and tries to explain as much as possible through abundant illustrations concerning tool design and use.
Type of Tool
Guidelines, manual, kits for trainers
Scale of Application
Forest Management Unit
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Management Responsibility
Private sector (medium/large scale), Community/Smallholders