TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Chair of Tropical Forestry receives a delegation from the Republic of Congo

Group Photo with the Mayor and his team in front of the Cotta-Bau (© Gerald Kapp)

Dresden has many international town twinning partnerships. One of them is with Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo (not to be confused with the DRC – Democratic Republic of Congo). At the request of the Mayor of Dresden, Mr. Dirk Hilbert, our Chair of Tropical Forestry received a 10-member delegation from the Republic of Congo, led by the Mayor of Brazzaville Mr. Christan Roger on 24 September.  Coming from the forest-rich Congo Basin environment, the visit was meant to give the delegation an insight into Read More

Tropical Forestry Team at Umundu Festival Dresden

Members of the Tropical Forestry team are conducting a session on “Balancing economic development and environmental sustainability” at the 11. Umundu Festival for Sustainable Development in Dresden. We will look behind the scences of products that we daily use but their sources are in tropical countries. Tran van Hiep from Vietnam and Sri Astutik  from Indonesia present the lifecycles and value of bamboo and curcuma. Furthermore, we collaborate with an Indian filmmaker, who presents scenes from his documentary on the nature’s biodiversity and the sustainable use of it by indigenous people in India. In a panel discussion, the discourse on balancing socio-economic development and sustainable consumption shall involve the participants of this session. The session is part of the festival’s symposium at the Hygiende museum, and takes part on Sunday, 29 September 2019, 11 am. More information, you will find at the Facebook announcement.

Farm Mapping Exercise at the WoodCluster Field School in Ethiopia

Farm Mapping student with its supervisor in Chefasine Kebele (©WoodCluster)

One of the three thematic group activities conducted by participants of the 2nd WoodCluster Field School was the farm mapping and analysis, carried out under the supervision of Dr. Fritz Haubold from TU Dresden.  The team of seven was composed of 2 students from Germany (Katharina and Jonas), 2 from Ethiopia (Bonsa and Shibire), one from Uganda (Scovia) and one from Tanzania (Lilian).

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Market and Value Chain Analysis: Following the stream of wood products from village to town in Ethiopia

As part of the 2nd WoodCluster Fieldschool in Ethiopia, the Market & Value Chain Analysis group set out to map the value chain of Eucalyptus products from the Chefasine Kebele (village) and capture market dynamics in the nearby towns of Tula and Hawassa. The group comprised of the students Patricia and Beatus (Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania), Antonny (Makerere University in Uganda), Alexander (Rhine-Waal University in Germany), Redat (Hawassa University in Ethiopia), and the supervisors Kendisha, Asabeneh and Busha (TU Dresden in Germany).

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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