Hello, my name is Nga Thi Ha, I just started my doctoral degree at the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products at TUD in this October. I am thankful for being supervised by Prof. Gerald Kapp and working closely with Dr. Simon Benedikter, the coordinator of the IKI/BMBU project, which generously supports for my study.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management and Environment from Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam. Prior to completing my Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University in 2017, I have worked for five years in community development, sustainable forest management and climate change adaptation in Vietnam. I also have some knowledge and working experiences on sustainable forest certification (FSC and PEFC).
During the next three years, Tharandt will be my second home to complete my research on: Wood and bamboo production-driven landscape restoration under REDD+: The case of private sector-community partnerships in Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces. There are two major rationales that my research will build on: (1) the knowledge gap on the opportunities and challenges for using bamboo for forest landscape restorations in Vietnam; and (2) the role of bamboo for the livelihoods of local communities involved in forest management. Going beyond science, the research aims at developing partnership models between private sectors and communities.
As first activity in the field, I was very excited to spend two weeks in Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces prior to my arrival in Dresden in the middle of October. This short field trip was particularly helpful as it allowed me to gain very first impressions about societal and economic conditions of the research sites, the overall forest landscapes status, and to exchange ideas with associated stakeholders at different levels (government authorities, private sectors and communities) in the study area.
I am grateful for all kind of support and assistance from the Chair of Tropical Forestry and colleagues for my smooth settling down process. I am very much looking forward to learning from all of you! Thank you very much!