TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

A pilot project on Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration in Uganda

The project leader and some of the FMNR Champions during field work (©Bonny Jjemba)

I’m called Jjemba Bonny, an alumnus of MSc Tropical Forestry from Uganda. I completed my studies in 2019 and my research project was done on Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in Mubende District, Uganda. FMNR is a simple land restoration technique that involves regeneration and management of trees from living stumps, roots or naturally growing seedlings on a farm. During my research, I found out that a large percentage of farmers were unaware about the technique. This encouraged me to design a project that will address the above challenge. After reading through the guidelines of the Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation, I discovered that my project meets their criteria. I began my application process during the COVID-19 lockdown period in April 2020 and submitted it in late June 2020. The application was reviewed by the Rufford Foundation in a period of 3 months from July to September, 2020, and I’m delighted to inform you that it was successful.

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27 years of Prof. Pretzsch and internationalization to Tharandt

Prof. Pretzsch in the Andes landscape ©IIFFP

On October 5th we gathered in a small group to commemorate the 27 years of leadership of Professor Pretzsch at the institute. Members of the team, his doctoral students and his wife wanted to wish him the best for this new stage of his life as senior professor. Complemented by a small buffet with delicacies from various countries, we had a toast to celebrate his unrivaled legacy and dedication in the tropical forestry field. Even Prof. Pretzsch prepared a cake with organic apples from his orchard, which he used to prepare in his students days and was a sought-after one among his peers.

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Excursion to the “Urban Gardens” as the beginning of the module “Urban Forestry in the Tropics”

Group of students and members of Höhenluft I ©G. Huidobro

The Book “Urban Tree Management: For the Sustainable Development of Green Cities” mentions about the name Höhenluft I, which is one over 370 allotment garden complexes in Dresden. This allotment gardens are not only famous for its variable benefits over time, but also contains several interesting stories of history in Dresden city. Over the period from the beginning to present, this allotment gardens witnessed the time of the German Empire until 1918, the darkest time in the story of Germany from 1933 to 1989, but they also witnessed an important day for German people, the day of the reunification on October 3, 1990.

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Second round of the Workshop “Project Monitoring and Reporting: Introduction to Geographic Methods using Open-Source Software”

Due the high demand of the first round of the online workshop “Project Monitoring and Reporting: Introduction to Geographic Methods using Open-Source Software”. The Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products of the TU Dresden in collaboration with BluoVerda Deutschland e.V. and Weltweit e.V. -DAAD funded-,  are pleased to invite you to apply to a second round.

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Participating in the virtual conference Tropentag 2020

As in every other year, our institute members and students participate in the Tropentag conference. Like other major events in the unprecedented year of 2020, the conference was shifted to be held virtually. This year, beside a student who won the photo competition of Tropentag, our doctoral candidate, La Thi Tham, participated and presented her poster in the session “Markets – Marketing – Value Chains”. In the same session, Alexander Koch, who conducted his master thesis research within the WoodCluster project, also contributed his poster presentation.  

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