Successful MSc defense of the role of on-farm trees in Ethiopia

Ysabel Perdomoe with her supervisor Prof. Gerald Kapp (left) and the Postdoc Jude Kimengsi who presented the report of the Ethiopian supervisor

On 1st December, Ysabel Perdomo from Paraguay, she successfully completed her MSc studies with the defense of her research topic “The role of on-farm trees in Sidama Zone, Southern Region, Ethiopia”. This study of smallholder farms with the special focus on trees provides a good diagnosis for the WoodCluster project.

Ysabel’s research focused on agroforestry which is an old practice in which trees, crops and/or livestock integrated on the same piece of land. The study described the agroforestry practices in the area. According to their composition, two types of practices have been identified in the study area; agrosilvicultural and agrosilvopastoral. Continue reading

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Tasting traditional German Food

Team gathering for a traditional lunch from the German Lusatia region

Although our institute usually deals with questions on the social and ecological situation in the tropics, this week our international team gathered at lunch time for a traditional dish: boiled potatoes with quark and linseed oil. This dish has its origin in the  Lusatia Region, located  in the regional states Brandenburg and Saxony in Germany. In former times, this dish was eaten by rather poor people, but gained nowadays a status of a traditional regional dish. It was proven to be tasty by our international team.

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Completion of MSc research with a financial analysis of woodlots in Ethiopia

After the successful defense: Shibire with her supervisor Prof. Pretzsch, Dr. Auch and student colleagues

Shibire Bekele, MSc student of the Tropical Forestry studies, successfully defended her MSc research. She did a “financial analysis of smallholder farmers’ woodlot and homestead agroforestry systems and its implications for household income improvement” for a local case study in Ethiopia. With her research topic she contributed to the WoodCluster project that started early this year at our institute.A report about Shibires field work and experiences in Ethiopia, can be read here.

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Research on Bamboo Enterprises in Vietnam

Bamboo traders, Thanh Hoa Province

Bamboo is one of the most valuable and important non-timber forest products and one of the most important nature’s substitute for the hardwoods. It is known for the strength of the culms, and their straightness, smoothness, lightness, so it is employed in many industrial sectors such as a construction, furniture, chopsticks, charcoal, textile, and handicrafts.

I am Tran Van Hiep from Vietnam, working on my PhD research Continue reading

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Tropical Forestry student at the UN climate conference in Bonn

fittosize__624_351_e678b5df54e4ce1f13986462a1c652b0_msalarconThis year, one of our M.Sc. students, Carolle Alarcon Eichmann, took part at the world climate conference in Bonn and we are happy that she enriched the international discourse as well as itself did to her. If you want to read more about her individual motivation to combat climate change and the value of her studies at the TU Dresden, be invited to read here and read the full DAAD interview.

Photo: © by Carolle Alarcon Eichmann

 

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New Postdoc from Cameroon

Jude Kimengsi in Tharandt

Hi there! I am Jude Kimengsi from Cameroon and joined this November the Tropical Forestry team at TU Dresden as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

I hold a PhD in Development Geography with a focus on natural resources and development. I have cross-cutting research interests on institutional aspects in livelihoods and forest conservation, comparing co-management experiences and improvement strategies (country and regional cases), and agroforestry practices.

I will be joining the institute to Continue reading

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MSc research in Kenya: An assessment of how land degradation has changed

Evans Kyei counting trees

Widespread land degradation has been threatening the capacity of the Sasumua catchment, located in Nyandarua county of Kenya, to supply a large percentage (20%) of Nairobi’s fresh water. In an attempt to halt land degradation in the catchment, a biophysical assessment was carried out in 2008 to understand land use, vegetation cover, soil erosion issues and usage of soil and water conservation structures to inform project activities.

I am Evans Kyei, a student of Bangor University in the UK and TU Dresden in Germany (in the joint SUTROFOR program). Continue reading

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