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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





Between 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

Tasting traditional German Food

Team gathering for a traditional lunch from the German Lusatia region

Although our institute usually deals with questions on the social and ecological situation in the tropics, this week our international team gathered at lunch time for a traditional dish: boiled potatoes with quark and linseed oil. This dish has its origin in the  Lusatia Region, located  in the regional states Brandenburg and Saxony in Germany. In former times, this dish was eaten by rather poor people, but gained nowadays a status of a traditional regional dish. It was proven to be tasty by our international team.

Completion of MSc research with a financial analysis of woodlots in Ethiopia

After the successful defense: Shibire with her supervisor Prof. Pretzsch, Dr. Auch and student colleagues

Shibire Bekele, MSc student of the Tropical Forestry studies, successfully defended her MSc research. She did a “financial analysis of smallholder farmers’ woodlot and homestead agroforestry systems and its implications for household income improvement” for a local case study in Ethiopia. With her research topic she contributed to the WoodCluster project that started early this year at our institute.A report about Shibires field work and experiences in Ethiopia, can be read here.