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Wood Value Chain and Market analysis in Chefasine

Deep observation of woodlots in the Kebele (© Redat Aysa)

I am Redat Aysa Choramo from Ethiopia. I researched on wood value chain and market chain in Chefasine Kebele, Hawassa Zuria district , SNNP-Region, Ethiopia. This research was done under WoodCluster project sponsored by German government under DAAD as a part of fulfillment for completion of my Masters of Science degree in Production Forestry at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Hawassa University.

In my MSc thesis, I wanted to assess wood value chain and market chain in Chefasine, identifying all actors within the value chain, their activities, value addition activities, production flow Read More

Woodlot inventory group: The field study conducted from 3 woodlots at Chefasine Village

Sampling and measuring in the Woodlots (©WoodCluster)

As part of the 2nd WoodCluster Field School in Ethiopia, the Woodlot inventory group set out to do inventories for Eucalyptus plantations from Chefasine Kebele (village) and to capture the variations in the wood from the different woodlots owned by local farmers. The group comprised of the students Elice (Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania), Nixon (Makerere University in Uganda), Yewbdar, Zelalem (Hawassa University in Ethiopia), and the supervisor Manuel (TU Dresden in Germany). Read More

Discussing with Dresden citizens about environmental sustainable consumption

Panel discussion on balancing environmentally sustainable consumption and socio-economic development (© Siv-Ann Lippert)

Almost every sphere of our daily life contains products that have their origins in the tropical parts of the world. What do we actually know about the roots and life cycle of these products? Can it be environmentally sustainable to consume products from the other side of the globe? What does sustainable consumption actually mean?
These questions and many more were addressed and discussed by three members of the Chair of Tropical Forestry at TUD and an Indian documentary filmmaker Read More

Chair of Tropical Forestry receives a delegation from the Republic of Congo

Group Photo with the Mayor and his team in front of the Cotta-Bau (© Gerald Kapp)

Dresden has many international town twinning partnerships. One of them is with Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo (not to be confused with the DRC – Democratic Republic of Congo). At the request of the Mayor of Dresden, Mr. Dirk Hilbert, our Chair of Tropical Forestry received a 10-member delegation from the Republic of Congo, led by the Mayor of Brazzaville Mr. Christan Roger on 24 September.  Coming from the forest-rich Congo Basin environment, the visit was meant to give the delegation an insight into Read More

Tropical Forestry Team at Umundu Festival Dresden

Members of the Tropical Forestry team are conducting a session on “Balancing economic development and environmental sustainability” at the 11. Umundu Festival for Sustainable Development in Dresden. We will look behind the scences of products that we daily use but their sources are in tropical countries. Tran van Hiep from Vietnam and Sri Astutik  from Indonesia present the lifecycles and value of bamboo and curcuma. Furthermore, we collaborate with an Indian filmmaker, who presents scenes from his documentary on the nature’s biodiversity and the sustainable use of it by indigenous people in India. In a panel discussion, the discourse on balancing socio-economic development and sustainable consumption shall involve the participants of this session. The session is part of the festival’s symposium at the Hygiende museum, and takes part on Sunday, 29 September 2019, 11 am. More information, you will find at the Facebook announcement.

Farm Mapping Exercise at the WoodCluster Field School in Ethiopia

Farm Mapping student with its supervisor in Chefasine Kebele (©WoodCluster)

One of the three thematic group activities conducted by participants of the 2nd WoodCluster Field School was the farm mapping and analysis, carried out under the supervision of Dr. Fritz Haubold from TU Dresden.  The team of seven was composed of 2 students from Germany (Katharina and Jonas), 2 from Ethiopia (Bonsa and Shibire), one from Uganda (Scovia) and one from Tanzania (Lilian).

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