TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

New Webinar on Deforestation and REDD+ with Dr. Philip Fearnside


On January 17, 2018, we continued our Webinar series for our Tropical Master Course students and invited further guest listeners. Over 50 people joined the famous ecologist Dr. Philip Fearnside when he gave this mind-opening presentation on “Deforestation and REDD+ with examples from the Amazon region of Brazil”. The topic came right from his present research as Professor in the Department of Environmental Dynamics at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil. He has worked in Amazonia and other regions of the world for over 40 years including his Ph.D. in 1978 from University of Michigan. His research is documented in over 600 professional publications and he received many honors (http://philip.inpa.gov.br).

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WoodCluster: Behind the Scene


The interdisciplinary and international WoodCluster team

The WoodCluster project is entering its second year! Carrying out an international, multi-stakeholder project not only requires rigorous research, but also a lot of coordination and management. On January 17th 2018, the WoodCluster team at the Chair of Tropical Forestry in Tharandt gathered to discuss the progress of the project and determine the next steps in 2018 and beyond.

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WoodCluster project steps forward – Identification of the study village in Ethiopia

Interview of local represantative to discuss the integration of the village into the WoodCluster project

For advancing the WoodCluster research and higher education cooperation, two scientists from our institute, Prof. Pretzsch and Dr. Auch, met with the Ethiopian partner team from the Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources (Hawasa University) end of November 2017. Read More

Global Landscape Forum 2017 – An exciting event for Tharandt students


glf_bonn_pictureBetween the 19th and 20th of December 2017 the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) took place in Bonn, Germany. The GLF is the world’s largest science-led platform aiming in addressing landscape-issues through dialogue by putting communities first. During this year’s forum, more than 1,000 participants joined, and between them, thirteen students of the Tropical Forestry Masters joined and listened to renowned speakers of the World Bank, UNDP, IUFRO, WWF, German Federal Ministry of Environment, former presidents, indigenous people, scientists, youth representatives and other international NGOs.

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Happy New Year

The team of the Chair of Tropical Forestry, TU Dresden, wishes a happy and prosperous new year 2018!

Joint celebration of Christmas and end of the year 2017

Successful MSc defense of the role of on-farm trees in Ethiopia

Ysabel Perdomo with her supervisor Prof. Gerald Kapp (left) and the Postdoc Jude Kimengsi who presented the report of the Ethiopian supervisor

On 1st December, Ysabel Perdomo from Paraguay, she successfully completed her MSc studies with the defense of her research topic “The role of on-farm trees in Sidama Zone, Southern Region, Ethiopia”. This study of smallholder farms with the special focus on trees provides a good diagnosis for the WoodCluster project.

Ysabel’s research focused on agroforestry which is an old practice in which trees, crops and/or livestock integrated on the same piece of land. The study described the agroforestry practices in the area. According to their composition, two types of practices have been identified in the study area; agrosilvicultural and agrosilvopastoral. Read More