Widespread land degradation has been threatening the capacity of the Sasumua catchment, located in Nyandarua county of Kenya, to supply a large percentage (20%) of Nairobi’s fresh water. In an attempt to halt land degradation in the catchment, a biophysical assessment was carried out in 2008 to understand land use, vegetation cover, soil erosion issues and usage of soil and water conservation structures to inform project activities.
The annual international Tropentag conference is a popular conference among researchers and students who are doing researches in the tropics. It offers particularly young researchers not only to present their work but also to look for networks and collaborations. For this year, the Tropentag 2017 was held in Bonn, Germany, from 20 to 22 September, under the motto “Future Agriculture: Social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts”. We, Pyi Soe Aung and Maxi Domke, two current PhD students traveled from Dresden to Bonn to represent our institute. In Bonn, we got support from Pedro Pardo Villegas, Read More
Since April 2017 the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products (TUD) has actively developed the “CLIENT II – International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation” Definition Project on optimizing bamboo production systems and value chains in Vietnam. It aims to promote international partnerships in the field of climate, environment, and energy. The Definition Project will prepare a larger 3 years project to be submitted jointly to the Read More
What is the role of natural resources in rural development? What are the roles of natural resources in addressing sustainable developmental goals? What are the future paths for rural development? Are there any success stories or failures of natural resource based development? A team with researchers and students from our institute of International Forestry and Forest Products joined other teams in Bonn at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute to discuss these themes as part of the AGEP Developmental Debates. Read More
An excursion took our guests from Africa and colleagues from the TU Dresden to the Upper Lusatia near the Polish border. It was part of a symposium on wood-based innovation in August, organized by our institute. The excursion gave insight into technologies that are used in Germany for forest management, wood processing and energy production. Based on the demand and application in the African countries has been discussed. Read More