DAAD World Forestry Congress Workshop

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World Forestry Congress 2015, Durban, South Africa.
Workshop participants from 18 different countries.



This DAAD funded workshop took place along the World Forestry Congress in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. We organized this student and alumni workshop together with the Department of Forest and Wood Science, Stellenbosch University. Thanks to the funding of DAAD, we are now looking back to a series of very successful student and alumni workshops that bring together DAAD funded international students from our international Master program (TIF) and professionals and alumni from all over the world. For more background information on prior workshops in this series we refer to the Category:DAAD workshops.

Introductory seminar in Göttingen

For the first time the World Forestry Congress will be hosted in Africa to bring together the global forestry community to review and analyze the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. The policy processes to implement the measures in these conventions on sub-national, national, regional and international level are extremely complex. And that complexity comes, among other factors, from a blend of different sectoral and national interests, from a large number of scientifically not yet entirely resolved issues and a wide range of different biophysical, social, cultural and political conditions all over the world. It is a challenge for academia to educate the future decision makers (who are our students today) in a way that they are enthusiastic about the overall relevance of these processes – but also about the many details that are to be worked on. And it is a challenge to integrate this education into regular curricula because various dimensions need to be covered in a field that is rapidly further developing. On the other hand, these processes offer a unique possibility to illustrate the important – and sometimes somewhat neglected – science-policy interface. The Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology started in 2010 to implement a new format of what we would call “long-term / sustainable national capacity building”. Along the World Forestry Congress we organize the workshop “Bridging the gap between forest information needs and forest inventory capacity –challenges for academia and governments in Africa regarding national forest monitoring and assessment” for master-students and professors from partner universities (alumni of German universities).

Guest lectures

Opening address by the director of the international office, Dr. Uwe Muus
Sophia Carodenuto, UNIQUE forestry and land use
Maria Brockhaus, CIFOR

The program for our workshop is divided in two parts. Before we meet on our workshop in South Africa there will be an introductory seminar with guest lectures held at the University of Göttingen. These presentations gave an introduction to the role of International Forestry Policies and the role of National Forest Data and Information. During the lectures more than 80 interested Professors, scietific staff and students participated. We were happy about the high level speakers. PLesae find the presentations for your information below.

Introduction seminar papers (11.06.2015, Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude (ZHG), Universität Göttingen, Room 105)

The Seminar will be on Thursday, 11th June 2015 from 9:00 till 12:30 in Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude (ZHG). The seminar is open for public. Download Program

09:00 - 09:45 Operationalizing REDD+ - current challenges and realities from the field

MSc Sophia Carodenuto, Consultant, UNIQUE forestry and land use

Ms Carodenuto works on international forestry and climate policies and its implementation focusing on REDD+ and FLEGT.

09:45 - 10:30 Power and Politics in REDD+

Dr. Maria Brockhaus, Senior Scientist, CIFOR

Dr. Brockhaus is a senior scientist with the CIFOR's Forests and Governance program, focusing mainly on policy and institutional change and policy and social network analysis.

10:30 - 11:00 Coffe break

David Morales, FAO
International audience
Gerald Kändler, Baden-Württemberg Forest Research Institute

11:00 - 11:45 Promoting National Forest Inventories, FAO's lessons learned

Dr. David Morales-Hidalgo, Forestry Officer, UN-FAO

Dr. Morales supports FAO activities on National Forest Monitoring and Assessment, providing capacity building on planning, set-up and implementing national forest monitoring systems to member countries.

11:45 - 12:30 The German National Forest Inventory: an instrument for data provision on forestry and beyond

Dr. Gerald Kändler, Head of the Department of Biometry at the Baden-Württemberg Forest Research Institute, Freiburg

Among other duties, Dr. Kändler is responsible for the implementation and analysis of the German NFI in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.

Workshop Program (September 2015, Durban and Pietermaritzburg)

Workshop program for dowload: Download Program

DAAD World Forestry Congress Workshop program

DAY ONE; 7 September 2015


06:00 - 18:30: Participation at World Forestry Congress

DAY TWO; 8 September 2015

06:00 - 19:30: Participation at World Forestry Congress

DAY THREE; 9 September 2015

Moderation and Minutes: Adam Abubakari and Nicolás Mesía Rojas Supervisor: Vera de Cauwer

08:00 - 08:30: Welcome and Opening Address Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn

08:30 - 09:00: Introductory words, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn, Cori Ham, Sabine Schreiner

09:00 - 09:30: Forests in South Africa, Cori Ham

09:30 - 10:00 Break

Session 1 – WFC Summary

Moderation and Minutes: Abraha Hatsey, Jeanne-Lazya Roux

Supervisor: Césear Pérez, Sabine Schreiner

10:00 - 12:00: Presentation of minutes and expressions during the world forestry congress, ALL

12:00 - 13:30: Break

Session 2 - Policy

Moderation and Minutes: Anton Kunnecke and Otto Pienaar

Supervisor: Dr. César Pérez, Dr. Paul Magdon

13:30 - 13:50: Who needs forest information and why?, Dr. Cornelis van Tuyll

13:50 - 14:10: Implications of the State Policies related to the watershed management in the conservation and sustainable use of forests: the case of Bangladesh and Guatemala, Sohag Miah, Pedro Daniel Pardo Villegas

14:10 - 14:30: Community based conservation: Approaches, Successesand Challenges in Namibia and Nepal, Miya Kabajani, Anu Singh

14:30 - 15:00 Break

15:00 - 18:30: Group work sessions

DAY FOUR, 10 September 2015


Field trip – NCT Enon plantation

Minutes: Sohag Miah and Pedro Daniel Pardo Villegas

Supervisor: Cori Ham

08:00 - 09:00: Drive to NCT Enon plantation

09:00 - 09:30: Introduction to NCT Enon plantation

09:30 - 10:00: Brief discussion about forestry carbon at Enon

10:00 - 12:30: Tour of plantation operations and visit to indigenous forest

Field trip – Tala Game reserve


Minutes: Adam Abubakari and Nicolás Mesía Rojas

Supervisor: Cori Ham

12:30 - 15:00: Break and drive to Tala game reserve

15:00 - 17:00: Visit of Tala game reserve

DAY FIVE; 11 September 2015

Session 3 - REDD

Moderation and Minutes: Daniel Conceicao dos Santos and Aung Myint Myat

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. I Nengah Surati Jaya

09:00 - 09:20: Evaluation of carbon accounting models for timber plantations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Cori Ham

09:20 - 09:40: Stand level biomass models and its use in forest monitoring: an example for Peat Swamp Forests in Indonesia, Dr. César Pérez

09:40 - 10:00: The curse of rare events, or why results based payments might fail in REDD. - A forest monitoring case study from Colombia -, Dr. Paul Magdon

10:00 - 10:20: Carbon from plantations: opportunities and constraints, Sabine Schreiner, Jeanne-Lazya Roux, Jie Zang

10:20 - 10:50: Break

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Session 4 – Monitoring

Moderation and Minutes: Jie Zang, Jeanne-Lazya Roux

Supervisor: Dr. Hans Fuchs

10:50 - 11:10: A unified framework for environmental monitoring based on a discrete global sampling grid system, Lutz Fehrmann

11:10 - 11:30: Assessing the monitoring systems and solutions of Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon rainforest, Daniel Conceicao dos Santos, Aung Myint Myat

11:30 - 11:50: Monitoring of ecological restoration in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, Juliana Bustamante, Roziya Kirgizbekova

11:50 - 12:10: Scale-dependent stand heterogeneity in a near-natural, mature, mixed deciduous forest, Collins Kukunda

12:10 - 13:30: Break

Session 5 – Remote Sensing

Moderation and Minutes: Collins Kukunda and Nils Nölke Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn

13:30 - 13:50: Can remote sensing support forest management in China? A case study from Shitai county, Anhui Province, Dr. Hans Fuchs

13:50 - 14:10: Can thermal imaging support the determination of the age of bamboo culms? A case study from Pereira, Colombia, Nils Nölke

14:10 - 14:30: Evaluating UAV aerial surveying benefits to ground inventory in an indigenous forest in South Africa, Anton Kunnecke, Otto Pienaar

14:30 – 15:00: Break

Session 6 – Forest Management

Moderation and Minutes: Miya Kabajani and Anu Singh

Supervisor: Vera de Cauwer

15:00 - 15:20: Utilizing multi-source data for Sustainable Forest Management in Indonesia, Prof. Dr. I Nengah Surati Jaya

15:20 - 15:40: Towards estimation of growing stock for the timber tree Pterocarpus angolensis in Namibia, Vera De Cauwer

15:40 - 16:00: Trends of forest cover change in Ethiopia, Abraha Hatsey

16:00 - 16:20: Challenges for the management of tropical forest in the context of climate change: The case of Amazonian Forest in Peru and Congo Basin in Democratic Republic of Congo, Adam Abubakari, Nicolás Mesía Rojas

16:20 - 16:50: Break

16:50 - 19:00: Group work sessions

DAY SIX; 12 September 2015

Workshop closing

Moderation and Minutes: Sohag Miah and Pedro Daniel Pardo Villegas

Supervisor: Dr. Lutz Fehrmann

09:30 - 10:30: Evaluation plenary; Introduction Dr. Lutz Fehrmann

10:30 - 11:00: Break

11:00 - 12:00: Workshop wrap-up, Dr. Cornelis van Tuyll

12:00 - 14:00: Break

14:00 - 14:30: Workshop closing, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn

14:30 - 18:30: Group work sessions

Workshop venue

The workshop will take place in the Ascot Bush Lodge in Pietermaritzburg.

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