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Tharandt goes to Bonn: The Global Landscapes Forum 2018

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Tharandt Team at GLF Bonn 2018

What if change-makers, scientists, politicians, private companies and inquisitive students all gather under the same roof? On the first weekend of December 2018, some of our first year master and PhD students and a Tropical Forestry alumni had the opportunity to visit the Global Landscapes Forum 2018 in Bonn. The following is the account from the Tharandt team: Nga and Kendisha (PhD candidates) and Vianny (alumni and research assistant at the Chair of Forest Biometry and Forest Systems Analysis).


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Corporate Social Responsibility – learning and discussing about an important and complex topic

Why would forestry students be interested in the topic of business ethical nature?

Both batches of the Tropical Forestry Master course and doctoral students had the opportunity to attend a lecture of Prof. Albert Löhr – holder of the chair of social sciences and an expert on Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR). We learned that CSR is employed in a variety of ways with regard to labor regulations, social issues (such as inequality) and societal concerns (such as environmental degradation). Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019

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On behalf of the whole team of the Chair of Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, we wish everyone a merry Christmas and that you “slide well into the new year” (as the Germans say it: “einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!”)

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Vacancy: Chair of Tropical and International Forestry

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department of Forest Sciences, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products at Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany, seeks to fill the Chair (W3) of Tropical and International Forestry from 01.10.2020.

Please see details of this position and how to apply at  https://tu-dresden.de/vacancy/6529

The deadline for applications is 31.01.2019.

Webinar series – winter semester 2018-19

In November and December 2018, we continued our Webinar series for our Tropical Master Course students and invited guest listeners. Read More

Determining multiple futures: Participatory Scenario Planning Workshop for improved management of Natma Taung National Park, Myanmar


Participatory scenario planning workshop in Myanmar (© Aung)

People-oriented conservation has become a popular approach to resolve conflicts in protected area management. However, the success of this approach is still limited due to several reasons. Particularly, PA managers face challenges in determining the degree of local participation in PA planning and management. The unpredictable nature of the social-ecological system also limits the success of people-oriented conservations. The participatory scenario planning is a useful tool to minimize both challenges. Identifying future scenarios based on local knowledge and experiences can help PA managers to minimize uncertainty in making decisions for the future. Nevertheless, the application of this approach is still limited in the tropics. In order to promote the application of scenario planning approach in PA management, a pilot workshop was conducted in Natma Taung National Park (NTNP) in Myanmar from 25-26 September 2018.

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