TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Greetings from the FLARE Annual Conference

Participating in the 5th FLARE Annual Conference was a fruitful experience. I am pleased to share my experience and contribution. As a leading global network, FLARE (Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) seeks to advance the state of knowledge and practice on forest-based livelihoods issues. Through its annual conference, it brings together leading scientists, policy experts and donor agencies to promote the science-policy intercourse, in a bid to improve global forest management. This year’s FLARE meeting ran from the 23-25 August 2019 at the School of Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States of America.  Read More

Training in the field – 2nd WoodCluster Field School in Ethiopia

WoodCluster Field School 2019 team in Ethiopia (© M. Domke)

A week full of gaining and training knowledge on small-scale farm systems and wood value chains as well as intercultural experiences! The 2nd field school of the WoodCluster project took place from 29 July to 4 August in Ethiopia, organized by the Ethiopian project partner, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources (WGFCNR), Hawassa University. Read More

Planting and caring for pharmaceutical useful plants on small-scale farms

Community discussion with participants of the PhytoWood-Synergies project (©M. Domke)

A coordination meeting and a field visit in Ethiopia took place in the end of July to observe and learn about the planting and caring phase of pharmaceutical useful plants on smallholder farms. It is part and progress of the project PhytoWood-Synergies. The target is to identify plants that have anthelminthic features. They are useful to treat worm infections that are a very common disease in Ethiopia. Parallel it shall be investigated if this activity has income generating potentials for the farmers. Read More

Bike excursion adventure vol. FIN – Ending the trip by the German-Polish border

Our master students participated in a bike excursion on July 1st – 6th 2019 as part of the module “Organization and Management Systems”. Along a track of about 220 km by the Neiße river at the border between Germany and Poland, various forests and forest organizations were visited. The blog post series, written by the students, reflect the impression and lessons learned.

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Polish State Forest (© P. Aung)

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Bike excursion adventure vol. 6 – Forest management in military training area

Our master students participated in a bike excursion on July 1st – 6th 2019 as part of the module “Organization and Management Systems”. Along a track of about 220 km by the Neiße river at the border between Germany and Poland, various forests and forest organizations were visited. The blog post series, written by the students, reflect the impression and lessons learned. Read More

Bike excursion adventure vol. 5 – Free time also requires collective action

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Collective action in rafting (©Camey)

Our master students participated in a bike excursion on July 1st – 6th 2019 as part of the module “Organization and Management Systems”. Along a track of about 220 km by the Neiße river at the border between Germany and Poland, various forests and forest organizations were visited. The blog post series, written by the students, reflect the impression and lessons learned.

On the third day of the excursion, after a long day of biking, learning, and slightly getting lost, we were more than ready to relax on the rafting expedition along the Neiße. Little did we know that it involved a little more than just relaxing and refreshing. As soon as the rafts became waterborne, we lost it, literally. Read More