TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Pyi Soe’s successful doctoral defense on Protected Area Management in Myanmar


Pyi Soe Aung’s doctoral thesis defense committee (©Hintz)

On Wednesday, December 11th 2019, Pyi Soe Aung successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled “Social-Ecological Coevolution and its Implications for Protected Area Management: Case Study in Natma Taung National Park, Myanmar”. Pyi Soe has performed an outstanding defense and overall research work! Read More

Challenging the common stereotypes: Teaching with role plays


Role play of Vietnamese New Year by the German Forestry Bachelor Students (©Domke)

Recently, some of our doctoral and one master students from the institute of Tropical Forestry,  pitched in with the teaching of the German Forest Sciences Bachelor program in a module called “Social Competence”. Representing Colombia, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Indonesia, the students introduced social situations representative to their respective home countries. The German bachelor students were divided into small groups and had to act the described situation in a role play. Read More

Student research on production efficiency of small-scale tree growers in Tanzania

First field visit and interaction with farmers during WoodCluster field school in the selected study village. (©N. Mathayo)

I am Neema Mathayo, from Tanzania, Masters Student at Sokoine University of Agriculture doing MSc. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. I did my master thesis research on “Production efficiency of small-scale tree growers in Mufindi district, Iringa-Tanzania”. This research was done under WoodCluster project sponsored by German government.

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Timber value chain analysis – Field research in central Vietnam


Visiting Acacia hybrid area in Phuloc district, Thua Thien Hue Province (Prof. Pretzsch, myself, and two members of Forest Sustainable Cooperative) (©Tham)

Hi. My name is La Thi Tham, a Phd student from Vietnam. My research is about the value chains of Acacia hybrid timber in Thua Thien Hue province, central Vietnam. Particularly, I’m going to compare the value chains of woodchip and furniture made of Acacia hybrid timber and explore the potential impacts of these chains on rural livelihood. I have conducted two phases of data collection which were between March-July 2018 and June-November 2019 in Vietnam. Read More

Award and MoU for German-Vietnamese-Cooperation

Prof. Pretzsch receives his award by the VNUF president (©VNUF)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pretsch, Tropical Forestry Chairholder, has been awarded by the Vietnam National University of Forestry (VNUF) for his continuous committment and contribution to the capacity building of the VNUF’s staff and teaching programs. During his visit, Prof. Pretzsch, on behalf of the Tropical Forestry Chair, and the VNUF additionally signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It states the cooperation on the universities’s training programs and exchange of lecturers and students; scientific research and a number of project activities related to the field of forestry. The  VNUF and the Chair of Tropical  Forestry of TUD have a long partnership over the last 30 years in teaching, research and alumni cooperation.

Visit of allotment gardens in Dresden – an excursion report

Exploring the allotment gardens and getting in contact with the gardners (©E. Auch)

I am Pooja Debnath from Bangladesh. I am a student of Tropical Forestry at the TU Dresden. Before coming to Dresden, I heard that Dresden is a city of natural beauty and the people of this city gives priority to conserve their nature and biodiversity. After arriving there, I found that the city is much more beautiful than I have imagined. In every house, there is a beautiful garden, which is impressive. Read More