Call for DAAD Scholarship Applications for Admission 2023

You  are invited to attend the 2023 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence.

Batch 2021 – 2023

Over many decades, the international orientation and social focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research and lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. In addition to forest governance and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course also includes specific topics of socio-economics, agroforestry and land use change. Another plus: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!

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Unraveling the Amazon: A Master’s Thesis Research in Brazil

Riverine house ©A. Tavares

I came to the Brazilian Amazon as one of the last steps on my study about the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Symrise (a German company), and Natura (a Brazilian producer of cosmetics). More specifically, on how a partnership they formed affected Non-Timber-Forest-Products (NTFPs) gatherers’ livelihoods. I will tell you more about the subject in a bit.

 I am currently staying in Belém, capital of Pará. As I write this text, I’ve already visited two different cooperatives, one in Abaetetuba and another one in Santo Antônio do Tauá. Next week I will visit my last organization, in Cametá. They are all relatively close to the capital, around 3 to 4 hours.

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Initiation of the development of research links in Ukraine, the Baltic countries,Kyrgyzstan and other CIS countries in the field of forest science –Forest Science Cooperation Network (FSCN)

On 13 July 2022, an important event took place in ASTAT-PHASE II. Forest scientists from universities and research institutions from Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Kyrgyzstan met in the form of an online conference (Photo 1).

Photo 1: Participants at the video conference on July 13, 2022, @ Dr. Andis Lazdins
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The Santa Maria treasure hunt: a weekly blog series of field adventures

 “Week 2: Getting deeper and richer”

So, I now owe you all an explanation, what intended to be a weekly delivery turned out quite challenging while working on the field to collect data. Good thing is I’ve documented the experience thoroughly to ensure a vivid description of my happenings on the upcoming weeks in and around the Santa María River to share with you. 😊

 A view of Santa Fé  ©C. Ross
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Bike Excursion Day 5 – “Exploring Polish pine forests”

As the final day of our Bike Excursion, we started our cycling journey from Martinshof hostel, Rothenburg to Przewoz, Poland 20 km in distance to explore the state administration and management of Polish Pine Forests.

On the way to German-Polish border bridge
Cycling Inside Polish Pine Forests
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Bike Excursion Day 4 – “Water fun on the Neiße & How to combine nature conservation and forest management”

Our fourth day of bike excursion began with breakfast prepared by Dalitso, Christa, and Sagar from 6:30 am to 7:30 am. Thereafter we checked out of Peregrinus, Goerlitz and we headed to Kulturinsel by cycling at 8:00 am, where we were supposed to meet the boating company. We were led by Professor Lukas Giessen, Dr. Michael Jenke, and Dario Dost. Unfortunately, on arrival, the boating company was at another location, and we had to cycle through the no man’s land to the new location where we met the boating company, who loaded our bicycles in their vehicle to transport them to our next destination as we had scheduled to paddle from Kulturinsel to Rothenburg. Finally, our whole team boarded four boats. 

Our colleagues enjoying the “water fight”
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