TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Greetings from Vogtland vol. 2 – Municipality forest of Plauen, Sachsen

Our master students recently participated in a 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region, and learned many different aspects of forestry and wood products through visits in local forest areas and companies. This blog post series, written by the participating students themselves, highlight some of these encounters!

A municipality forest of Plauen is a forest or wood that is owned by a town or city of Plauen. The forest has dominant tree species of spruce. The forest is located near Plauen and publicly owned and managed by the municipality office. Such forest often managed to have a higher density of leisure facilities for the public like cycle paths and footpaths for recreation, playground for kids, and restaurant and café near the forest as we seen in municipality forest of Plauen, Sachsen. Read More

Greetings from Vogtland vol.1 – How to manage a large scale private forest enterprise successfully?

DSC06025.JPGOur master students recently participated in a 4-day excursion in the Vogtland-region, and learned many different aspects of forestry and wood products through visits in local forest areas and companies. This blog post series, written by the participating students themselves, highlight some of these encounters!

Large scale forest enterprises are not easy to manage due to a number of factors. They require a lot of investment especially in new technologies; they face stiff competition in the market; are subject to unfavourable rules and regulations, and monitoring the performance of employees is also difficult. Read More

Purple impressions in May – The annual Institute excursion: 2018 – Bombastus in Freital

Academic and technical staff, the Ph.D. students and student assistants from our Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products visited the Bombastus Werke in Freital.

We started our trip at a field in Freital. Every year the fields in Freital turn purple. They remind of the lavender fields in Provence, but the fragrance immediately reveals that sage plants are blooming here. Read More

Right from the experts´ desk to the students – two webinars enriched the MSc Tropical Forestry

Keeping pace with the times, webinars are increasingly included into the curriculum of the MSc Course Tropical Forestry. This summer semester´s webinars took place in the context of the module “Natural and Plantation Silviculture in the Tropics”. Besides guest lectures this up-to-date teaching form is an excellent way for students to get access to voices of international forestry professionals and researchers and join ongoing debates. An opportunity, which was grasped by about 20 participants each time.

Dr. Rita from Brazil giving insights on Amazon forest management

Read More

Organization of smallholder forestry – a MSc study in Tanzania

Discussion with woodlot farmer in Mufindi district

I am Ombeni Hingi, from Tanzania, an MSc. Tropical Forestry and Management student at TU Dresden in Germany. I am doing my master thesis research on “Smallholder Farmers, Support Organizations, Their Linkages and Influence on Woodlots Development in Mufindi District, Tanzania”. The thesis is integrated under the WoodCluster project.

Read More

Studying Succession in the Amazonian Rain Forest

1Studying a master of tropical forestry in Tharandt, Germany, could seem paradoxical. However, after three semesters of theory, students go to tropical rainforests around the world for the field part of their master thesis. For my side, I choose Amazonia for the data collection. I had the opportunity to join the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) of the Amazonian Research Institute (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil. This large project studies fragmented, continuous and secondary forest. My own research deals with successional pathways occurring after two types of land-use histories (pasture and clear-cut). Read More