CIFOR researcher Edouard Essiane has to shout to make himself heard above the noise of the chainsaw.
‘You can see what a dangerous occupation this is, now you’re out here in the forest,’ he yells. ‘There’s a big risk of injury, and we frequently hear of people being seriously wounded or killed, either by their chainsaws or falling trees.’
Most chainsaw millers, he adds, will be deaf by the time they are 40.
With rain streaming down his back, a young man from the village of Djemiong, in East Region, skilfully slices planks from the trunk of a sapele tree...