TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Students elaborating business models of forest organizations

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Master students (Batch 2019-2021) (©G. Huidobro)

In the module “Forest Organizations and Management”, our MSc students had the task to elaborate business models of various forest organizations. In a course of two days, the students came to the campus in Tharandt to conduct group work. This was the only chance in this summer semester that the master students returned to the campus for face-to-face learning. Of course, we did our best to implement the physical distancing measures. Read More

Call for DAAD Scholarship Applications

Your are invited to attend the 2021 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence.
Over many decades, the international orientation and socio-economic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research & lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. Besides socio-economic and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course also includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Another plus: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!
Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions.

More information you can find on our website about the course and the application requirements and procedure. To apply or for more information write to: tropentutor@mailbox.tu-dresden.de

Application deadline is 31 October 2020 for DAAD scholarship applications starting the course in October 2021. However, applicants with own source of funding can apply until 31 May 2021.

ASTAT: Successful video conference of the project partners

TUD team in Tharandt during the online video conference (©Ministry of Forestry, Republic Tatarstan)

Communication via videoconferencing has become part of our daily work routine in the last few months due to the COVID19 pandemic. The same applies to the partners of the research project ASTAT (“Development of sustainable forest management and use concepts for Aspen-dominated forest stands in the Republic of Tatarstan”) in Germany and the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia). In order to discuss the status of the project research and the further procedure, the colleagues met “online” in Tharandt and in Kazan, the Republic’s capital, in the morning of June 19, 2020. Read More

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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