TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Value chain analysis study in Tanzania – a student’s field report

I am Pierre Protas from the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania. I did my MSc research on comparative study of value chain analysis of smallholder and large – scale tree growers in Mufindi District, Tanzania.


Participatory Rural Appraisal with various stakeholders at Changarawe (Photo: J. Kallabaka)

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PhytoWood-Synergies – a new project has started (and a new staff member, too)

Fig1Hi, I’m Jens Weber. Since beginning of October, I’ve got the great chance to join the staff at the Chair of Tropical Forestry in Tharandt, with the main task of coordinating a new project called PhytoWood-Synergies.

After having graduated from the TU Dresden with a forestry diploma 26 years ago, I spent most of my professional life in nature conservation projects of all kinds here in the region of the Eastern Ore Mountains – mostly on freelance as well as voluntary basis.  Read More

Welcoming a new doctoral candidate

Nga Thi Ha

Hello, my name is Nga Thi Ha, I just started my doctoral degree at the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products at TUD in this October. I am thankful for being supervised by Prof. Gerald Kapp and working closely with Dr. Simon Benedikter, the coordinator of the IKI/BMBU project, which generously supports for my study.

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Urban gardens: First excursion for first semester MSc. Tropical Forestry

The past Tuesday 9th October was held the first of many excursions that we will attend in our two year experience studying the Msc. Tropical Forestry. The group headed by Dr. Auch and around 20 students went to visit two important examples of ‘Urban gardens’ in Germany, which are green spaces managed in urban environments.

The first urban garden was an association of allotment garden managed since 1912 called “Höhenluft I”. The chairpeople of this association, together with some gardeners received us very warmly and gave us a presentation of the history, organization, current function, challenges, and philosophy of living close to nature. It was very nice for us to have a closer contact with some gardeners and hear from by them own experiences, how much they love gardening, live together in a community, and enjoy the nature. Read More

Francis Moyo’s Successful Doctoral Defense on Community-Based Conservation


Francis Moyo’s doctoral defense

In the morning of September 10th 2018, Francis Moyo defended his doctoral thesis on “Community Based Conservation in Tanzania: Discourses and Realities”.

The aim of his research was to investigate the socio-economic impacts of community-based conservation initiatives on rural livelihoods. His field research was conducted in Burunge Wildlife Management Area, a Tanzania’s flagship community-based conservation initiative for wildlife protection.

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CALL for MSc Scholarship Applications

Your are invited to attend our 2019 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY & MANAGEMENT for which we have DAAD scholarships available. The course is taught in English. Deadline is 30 October 2018. More information you can find on our website about the course and the application requirements and procedure.
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. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations many of them in top positions.