I am delighted to share my great SUTROFOR experience from Nepal. I was nominated by the Institute to serve as a Teacher/Supervisor for the Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) Spring School in Nepal.
The SUTROFOR is an Erasmus Mundus International Master Course which is organized and run by a consortium of five prominent European Universities in the field of forests and natural resource management. They include the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Dresden University of Technology (Germany), Agroparis Tech (Montpellier-France), Bangor University (UK) and the University of Padova (Italy) (for details, see: https://sutrofor.eu). Read More
Hi, my name is Dagninet Amare. I come from Amhara Region, Ethiopia and I am doing my doctoral thesis on agroforestry practices in Ethiopia; looking at it from the lens of the innovation system and farm level analysis. Last summer (July 10 until August 25) I conducted a preliminary survey as part of the research to identify the sites and innovations for the first phase of data collection. Here are some insights from my field work. Read More
Attending a wedding in India is not what we imagined when we decided to study Tropical Forestry in Tharandt. But the opportunity to get to know people from all over the world brought us to a different longitude in the tropics. Each kilometer we flew meant it was the farthest we have been from our homes. The distance was not only perceived in kilometers, but in the cultural and landscape differences with our home countries, Colombia and Ecuador.
Not only that, but reencountering fellow foresters from the master program in such a unique environment seemed unbelievable to us. After an emotive and colorful wedding, uncountable temples, crowded cities, masalas and chapatis, we arrived to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. A silent hidden treasure, that shelter a great number of rare species including threatened birds and a healthy population of tigers, the top predator of this ecosystem. Read More
The real impact of our MSc course “Tropical Forestry” cannot be detected and evaluated in the classroom, but in the personal and professional development of our previous students in their career steps afterwards. In the beginning of this year, we were happy to learn about an initiative of four of our Alumnis from Uganda. They formed a company named “Tropen Concept Group” to bundle their expertise and knowledge on Agroforestry for consultancy and project work. In the following interview two of them, Minsi Babeku and Vianny Ahimbisibwe, explained us their motivations, targets and which influence their MSc studies in Tharandt had on this activity. Read More