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Publication co-authored by students from SUTROFOR Spring School 2019

The raison d’ être of the Chair of Tropical Forestry is to educate through our master programs, and it is even better if our students manage to co-author a scientific publication. One output of the SUTROFOR Spring School 2019 has resulted in a publication in the open-access journal Forests. The paper, titled “What (De) Motivates Forest Users’ Participation in Co-Management? Evidence from Nepal”, is authored by our post-doc Dr. Kimengsi, partners from the universities in Nepal and Denmark, and participating SUTROFOR students. For this research, they employed Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews, which were part of the spring school. The paper sheds light on the decision-making structure and motivational aspects of co-management with a case study in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal.

The publication can be accessed here: https://doi.org/10.3390/f10060512


Cost diagnosis of tree growers – A student’s perspective


At the Kisada Village Administration Office with officers and farmers (©K. Mwakasungula)

I am Kikolo Raphael Mwakasungula from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro-Tanzania. I carried out research on costs diagnosis of smallholder tree growers in Mufindi district, Iringa-Region, Tanzania. This research was done under the WoodCluster project sponsored by German government as a part of fulfillment for completion of my Masters of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics at Sokoine University of Agriculture. Read More

Restoring Africa’s Landscapes – Takeaways from the Global Landscapes Forum and the Youth in Landscapes Camp – Accra 2019

Pragyan Raj Pokhrel giving a keynote presentation at GLF (© GLF)

My name is Pragyan Raj Pokhrel and I am a 2nd year Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) student in TU Dresden. On 25th October 2019, I travelled to Accra, Ghana to attend the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). I also delivered a keynote presentation on behalf of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), Rome on the key roles played by family farmers in restoration efforts. Read More

Successful MSc defense in WoodCluster project

Japhet N. Mwambusi at his defense in Tharandt (© K. Hintz)

Japhet Noah Mwambusi, MSc student of the Tropical Forestry course, successfully defended his MSc thesis on 28 October 2019. The thesis focusses on “Silvicultural Treatments of Woodlots of Smallholder Forest Producers and their Relation to the Timber Market in Mufindi District, Tanzania”. He condcuted his research in the Tanzanian study site of the ongoing WoodCluster project and therefore contributed with its results to the overall project work. The defense was well attended by his fellow students. Japhet’s report about his field work in Tanzania, spring this year, can be read on our blog and gives more insights on his work and methods.

International conferences as necessary academic activities for Ph.D students

Tran van Hiep, doctoral student of TUD at the ASEAN Bamboo congress, Philippines (© Tran van Hiep)

For Ph.D students, participating in an international conference is a vital academic activity because international conferences are great opportunities to not only expend the professional network but also share the results of the reseach with attendees from different countries and learn from them. I, Tran van Hiep, had a chance to participate in two international conferences in August and September 2019. Read More

Welcome our new Tutor Barbara!

foto_barbara-e1571842514673.jpgHi friends! My name is Barbara Azeroth and I started working as a tutor of Tropical forestry at the Technical University Dresden. Even though I’ve only been here since October, I get along well, because I’ve already done my Bachelor´s degree here. Thus, I know the surroundings of this enchanting place, the small and big rooms of the forestry faculty, the cafeteria, some of the professors, a bunch of old friends and many special things that you find out in your student life. Although I’ve only just begun, and it is my first real employment (if selling Christmas trees and chopping wood does not count) I like it to work here. The atmosphere is good and I have great colleagues! This year there are many new and nice students who remind me in their kind and diversity very much of my own master course.

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