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Experience being part of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth

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Pragyan Raj Pokhrel (third from left) with other delegates at the UN Office in Nairobi (©Pokhrel)

Hi there! I am Pragyan, a student in the Sustainable Tropical Forestry Master program. Since the Earth Summit in 1992, it has been realized that the achievement of sustainable development requires an active participation of people from all corners of the society. This resulted in the adoption of Agenda 21, which broadly categorized these people into different groups, formally known as Major Groups. There are 9 Major groups who act as the main channel to ensure broader participation within the UN and its activities on sustainable development. The 9 Major groups (MGs) are: Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Non-Governmental Organizations, Local Authorities, Workers and Trade Unions, Business and Industry, Scientific and Technological Community and Farmers. The Major Groups-led Initiative (MGI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests 15 (UNFF15) took place from March 3-5 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. I was part of the IFSA delegation that represents the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) in UNFF along with 5 others at this event. Read More

Participatory Innovation Platform Workshop in Uganda: sharing experiences among actors along the wood value chain

On February last year, the WoodCluster partners from the collaborating Universities; Hawassa University (Ethiopia); Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania)  and TU Dresden (Germany), met in Uganda  for the Participatory Innovation Platform (PIP) workshop and field visits in Mubende district. For two days, the project teams and the six students from Makerere University convened at the School of Forestry Environment and Geographical Sciences. Presentations were made by the ongoing and prospective students for guidance on their research projects and ideas. One of the days was wrapped up with a welcome dinner where the project partners continued to guide students on how to improve their research ideas.


Project team members ©WoodCluster

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Tropentag 2020 – Call for Papers

tropentaglogoThe international conference Tropentag calls for the submission of papers until May 3rd 2020. This year’s theme is “Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers’ and Acamedia’s View”. It will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, 9-11 September 2020.

Tropentag is an annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development. It is very popular among PhD and MSc students at the Chair of Tropical Forestry over the last years. For young scientists, it provides a good chance to present own research results, gain insight in current pressing topics and research outcomes, as well as a platform for international networking.

Collective Action in On-Farm Tree Growing in Uganda – A student research

“Mugyebaleko…!” (‘well-done you all’ in Luganda). My name is Joab Nuwasasira, a student of Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources Management at Makerere University, Uganda. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master at Makerere university and also to meet the WoodCluster reearch objectives, I conducted a study on “The Role of Collective Action in On-Farm Tree Growing in Mubende and Kassanda Districts, Central Uganda.” Empirical evidence from various studies across the world indicate that collective action initiatives offer  smallholder farmers opportunities to overcome various constraints related to farm inputs, cultivation, access to extension services and marketing information as well as prices for their outputs. In central Uganda particularly Mubende and Kasanda districts, there are various collective action initiatives’ that are mainly involved in forestry and a bit in agricultural food crops production.

Joab getting advice from Dr. Auch

Joab seeking guidance from Dr. Eckhard Auch © WoodCluster

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Discussing forest rehabilitation in Africa with a German Member of Parliament

Mr. Andreas Lämmel (second row, third from left) together with Prof. Pretzsch, TUD staff members and African students at the Cotta Bau in Tharandt (©IIFFP)

Our Chair of Tropical Forestry welcomed in 2019, Mr. Andreas Lämmel – a Member of Parliament with his constituency in Dresden. Mr. Lämmel is the Chair of a working group “Africa” within his parliamentary party of the Christian Democratic Union. They are interested in afforestation activities in Africa. Mr. Lämmel himself has been already several times in Africa. Read More

Dynamics of Wood Value Chains for Smallholder Tree Farmers in Uganda


Field interview with transporter (©A. Samanya)

I am Samanya Abdul, an MSc student of Environmental and Natural Resources at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. My research topic was titled “Dynamics of wood value chains for smallholder tree farmers in Mubende district, Uganda”. This research was done with support from the WoodCluster project (funded by the German government in conjunction with the Technische Universität Dresden). Read More