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Natural Forest Silviculture and Biodiversity Conservation in the Tropics

7 ECTS Dresden Year 1 Semester 2 Elective Environmental sciences


Ecosystem concept as an auxiliary for silviculture and for biodiversity conservation. Natural distribution and classification of forest and plant formations, as well as fauna in the tropics, as well as methods for their assessment. Important silviculture systems with their methods and techniques in moist and dry forests. Population ecology with its natural regulation mechanisms, relationships between plants, herbivores, as well as between herbivores and their antagonists in the context of biodiversity and protection.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to classify, analyze and evaluate tropical forest ecosystems and to conceptualize appropriate silvicultural systems, according to the local conditions. They can analyze the plant-herbivore-antagonist relationships and assess biotic risks and regulation possibilities for natural forest management and thus the protection of biodiversity, as well as integrate management strategies. The students are able to design strategies for sustainable production and the protection of natural forest ecosystems.

Teaching and learning methods

  • 3.0 hrs/wk Lecture
  • 2.0 hrs/wk Seminar
  • 1.5 hrs/wk Exercise
  • Independent studies

Type of assessment

  • Individual
  • Oral presentation
    • Seminar paper (33 %)
    • oral examination (67 %)


  • Location : Dresden
  • ECTS granting : Technische Universität Dresden
  • Organisation : Technische Universität Dresden


Lakshmy Jalaja  Rajan

Lakshmy Jalaja Rajan

  • Tutor (MA)
  • Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden Germany