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News from Forest Landscape Restoration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region


FLOURISH research and communication workshop (Bangkok)

The FLOURISH project (2018-2022), funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Government, held its first Steering-Committee Meeting and planning workshop in Bangkok from 11.-13. December 2018. A lot of activities took place since the inception workshop in July 2018 and it thus was just at the right time that project partners and local stakeholders from state organisations, the science community, civil society and the private sector came together to update each other on the current status of the project. Participants came from the three project countries Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, and international partners such as RECOFTC, TU Dresden (Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products) and INBAR.

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MSc Defense on Eucalyptus Value Chain in Ethiopia

Asabeneh Alemayehu successfully defended his MSc thesis research on 26th November 2018. In his research, Asabeneh conducted a value chain analysis of Eucalyptus poles and fuelwood in Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia, to identify upgrading options for improved value chain processes.
With this Master thesis, another research work is added to the WoodCluster project outcomes. Asabeneh’s results were also presented by him and integrated in the PIP stakeholder workshops in Ethiopia in June 2018 as project activity. Read More

Welcoming first batch students

A tour around Tharandt? Check! A weekend get-together? Check! International food party? Also check! A warm welcome to the 2018-2020 batch of Tropical Forestry master students!

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The roles and forms of brokers in sawn timber value chain – a student’s field report


Interviewing a broker at broker’s wood-cluster local sawn timber market in Ifwagi village

I am John William Kallabaka from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro-Tanzania. I did a research on the roles and forms of brokers in the smallholder farming in sawn timber value chain in Mufindi district, Iringa-Region, Tanzania. 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 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics at Sokoine University of Agriculture.

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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