TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Farmer-forest enterprise cooperation in commercial tree growing: Field research experiences in Uganda

Namwasa outgrowers chairperson

Sherry Kyamagero with the Namwasa outgrowers chairperson (©Kyamagero)

My name is Sherry Kyamagero. I come from Uganda. I am a master’s student in the international programme Tropical Forestry at the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Technische Universität Dresden. Here are my field research experiences amid the pandemic.


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BluoVerda e.V – an alumni initiative for sustaining Landscapes in Latin America


Lead the scene to keep it Blue and Green! – This is the slogan of BluoVerda Deutschland e.V. A non-profit diaspora organization (“Verein” in the German legal system) established in December 2018 as an alumni initiative. BluoVerda promotes the maintenance, enhancement and recovery of ecosystems, and natural resources in Latin America and gets active through initiating and linking projects between Latin America and Germany. Its name come from Esperanto and means blue and green – as symbols for vegetation and water.

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Breath of fresh air: A trip in the Sächsische Schweiz National Park

During the Corona pandemic, in which almost everyone is following online programs, a remarkable step was taken for the well-being of the Tropical Forestry Master students. A field trip was arranged under the framework of the “Organization and Management System” module, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pretzsch and Dr. Eckhard Auch. The research assistant Gabriela Huidobro Jáuregui also participated in this trip with the students and captured the memorable moments of the excursion on her camera.


View of the Sächsische Schweiz landscape ©G. Huidobro

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Students elaborating business models of forest organizations


Master students (Batch 2019-2021) (©G. Huidobro)

In the module “Forest Organizations and Management”, our MSc students had the task to elaborate business models of various forest organizations. In a course of two days, the students came to the campus in Tharandt to conduct group work. This was the only chance in this summer semester that the master students returned to the campus for face-to-face learning. Of course, we did our best to implement the physical distancing measures. Read More

Call for DAAD Scholarship Applications

Your are invited to attend the 2021 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence.
Over many decades, the international orientation and socio-economic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research & lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. Besides socio-economic and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course also includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Another plus: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!
Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions.

More information you can find on our website about the course and the application requirements and procedure. To apply or for more information write to: tropentutor@mailbox.tu-dresden.de

Application deadline is 31 October 2020 for DAAD scholarship applications starting the course in October 2021. However, applicants with own source of funding can apply until 31 May 2021.

ASTAT: Successful video conference of the project partners

TUD team in Tharandt during the online video conference (©Ministry of Forestry, Republic Tatarstan)

Communication via videoconferencing has become part of our daily work routine in the last few months due to the COVID19 pandemic. The same applies to the partners of the research project ASTAT (“Development of sustainable forest management and use concepts for Aspen-dominated forest stands in the Republic of Tatarstan”) in Germany and the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia). In order to discuss the status of the project research and the further procedure, the colleagues met “online” in Tharandt and in Kazan, the Republic’s capital, in the morning of June 19, 2020. Read More