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Experiences and lessons learned from GLF Bonn 2020 virtual conference

On 3-5 June 2020, Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Bonn 2020 took place online. Two of our MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry students, Mariela Yapu Alcázar (from Bolivia) and Npoagne Issahaku Tawanbu (from Ghana), participated in the conference. Here they shared their experiences and key takeaways.

Session “Contribution of Forests, Trees and Agroforestry to sustainable Food Security and Nutrition in a time of crisis” at GLF Bonn on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 (©Alcázar)
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Introducing the CamForst project: Sustainable Forest Management in Cameroon

View of the Santchou Reserve ©J. Kimengsi

Accept greetings from Jude Kimengsi, Principal Investigator of the CamForst Project.

CamForst is a three-year collaborative research project titled: “Past customs, current law: Analyzing the Effects of Endogenous and Exogenous Institutions on Sustainable Forest Management in Cameroon”.  The project presents a justified starting point in the Congo Basin forest of Africa, of which a substantial part is located within the borders of Cameroon. It is poised to make a pertinent scientific contribution to the ever evolving field of natural resource governance. It specifically employs mixed-methods approaches to investigate conditions, under which both forms of institutions (endogenous and exogenous) shape the choices of community actors, with regards to forest resource use and management in the context of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Back in Ecuador: Collective action to face the COVID crisis

Upon my graduation from the M.Sc. Tropical Forestry on January 2020 I started to get ready to go back home. By the beginning of March, my plan was to stay in Europe for a couple more weeks, spending some time with people that I would not meet soon. But when the Ecuadorian government announced the international borders closure due to the corona virus pandemic, I had to take the next flight back to Ecuador. The trip was long and stressful, but as always, once I arrived home, I felt I never had left.

I immediately kept looking for jobs and after some weeks and many negatives, I started working in Zona Garden, a medium-sized company that does landscaping. I oversee the urban agriculture department, where, among other things we build home gardens. These are implemented as small agroforestry systems inside the city.

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Field research stay in Ethiopia: Doing by learning and study life in times of COVID-19

I’m Mulugeta Geremew Guchale from Ethiopia and student of the Tropical Forestry and Management M.Sc. course. After completing three-semesters of the master, I traveled to my home country at the end of February 2020, to conduct the field research data collection for my thesis research. My thesis is focus on the “Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in Tarmaber District, central Ethiopia: Implication for the conservation of biodiversity”. The topic is of great interest to me as my father is a traditional healer and I grew up in the Ethiopian Orthodox religion, in which most of the followers use traditional medicine and spiritual water as a primary health care system for the treatment of various human and livestock ailments since ancient time.

Identification of medicinal plants during vegetation inventory with help of a specialist of traditional medicine practitioners in the study area ©M. Geremew.
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Workshop on Project Monitoring and Reporting: Introduction to Geographic Methods using Open-Source Software

BluoVerda Deutschland e.V., an association established by alumni from the MSc and PhD program at our Chair of Tropical Forestry and Weltweit e.V., are organizing the online workshop “Project Monitoring and Reporting: Introduction to Geographic Methods using Open-Source Software”.

This is an introductory course that teaches how to use the open-source software OpenForis and QGIS to generate spatial information for monitoring and reporting project activities and outputs. Using a learning-by-doing approach, it addresses the theoretical and practical knowledge required for spatial data collection and visualization.

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Job call – Tutor for the MsC Tropical Forestry

The chair of Tropical Forestry at the TUD is offering a Tutor position for the Tropical Forestry Master Course in Tharandt. Due to the Corona pandemic the previous process was interrupted, therefore the deadline for application is extended to 29.05.2020cropped-logo_professur_tropische_forstwirtschaft.jpg. The interested persons still can submit their applications to tropen@mailbox.tu-dresden.de

The position offers the opportunity to acquire intercultural and social skills and to gain work experience in advice and coordination in an international team with partners from all over the world . A detailed description  about the position can be found on the webpage of the TUD.