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Webinar series – winter semester 2018-19

In November and December 2018, we continued our Webinar series for our Tropical Master Course students and invited guest listeners. Read More

Determining multiple futures: Participatory Scenario Planning Workshop for improved management of Natma Taung National Park, Myanmar


Participatory scenario planning workshop in Myanmar (© Aung)

People-oriented conservation has become a popular approach to resolve conflicts in protected area management. However, the success of this approach is still limited due to several reasons. Particularly, PA managers face challenges in determining the degree of local participation in PA planning and management. The unpredictable nature of the social-ecological system also limits the success of people-oriented conservations. The participatory scenario planning is a useful tool to minimize both challenges. Identifying future scenarios based on local knowledge and experiences can help PA managers to minimize uncertainty in making decisions for the future. Nevertheless, the application of this approach is still limited in the tropics. In order to promote the application of scenario planning approach in PA management, a pilot workshop was conducted in Natma Taung National Park (NTNP) in Myanmar from 25-26 September 2018.

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News from Forest Landscape Restoration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region


FLOURISH research and communication workshop (Bangkok)

The FLOURISH project (2018-2022), funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Government, held its first Steering-Committee Meeting and planning workshop in Bangkok from 11.-13. December 2018. A lot of activities took place since the inception workshop in July 2018 and it thus was just at the right time that project partners and local stakeholders from state organisations, the science community, civil society and the private sector came together to update each other on the current status of the project. Participants came from the three project countries Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, and international partners such as RECOFTC, TU Dresden (Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products) and INBAR.

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MSc Defense on Eucalyptus Value Chain in Ethiopia

Asabeneh Alemayehu successfully defended his MSc thesis research on 26th November 2018. In his research, Asabeneh conducted a value chain analysis of Eucalyptus poles and fuelwood in Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia, to identify upgrading options for improved value chain processes.
With this Master thesis, another research work is added to the WoodCluster project outcomes. Asabeneh’s results were also presented by him and integrated in the PIP stakeholder workshops in Ethiopia in June 2018 as project activity. Read More

Welcoming first batch students

A tour around Tharandt? Check! A weekend get-together? Check! International food party? Also check! A warm welcome to the 2018-2020 batch of Tropical Forestry master students!

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The roles and forms of brokers in sawn timber value chain – a student’s field report


Interviewing a broker at broker’s wood-cluster local sawn timber market in Ifwagi village

I am John William Kallabaka from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro-Tanzania. I did a research on the roles and forms of brokers in the smallholder farming in sawn timber value chain in Mufindi district, Iringa-Region, Tanzania. This research was done under WoodCluster project sponsored by German government under DAAD as a part of fulfillment for completion of my Masters of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics at Sokoine University of Agriculture.

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