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Chair of Silviculture offers excursion to Kyrgyzstan in September 2018

The Chair of Silviculture offers an excursion to Kyrgyzstan between 13.09. and 27.09.2018 as part of the module “Natural Resource Management in Central Asia”.


It is a great opportunity to get to know the landscapes, people and land use systems of this region at low cost. A similar excursion has been offered in 2017, and was very well received by the participants.

Scheduled excursion targets and expected outcomes

  • Mountain pasture management in the Tien-Shan Mountains (Naryn region): Use of summer and winter pastures; conflicts between forestry and grazing
  • Management of forest ecosystems (incl. walnut-, wild fruit forests) in southern parts of the country
  • Visit of the Ala Archa National Park (near Bishkek)
  • In preparation for the excursion, compulsory introductory lectures will be given between 09th and 11th of July 2018. Students will then develop individual research topics with support from the supervisors and local research organizations. It is planned that socioeconomic and biophysical data related to forest and pasture management are collected during the excursion.
  • For students of all M. Sc. Programs, 5 ECTS
  • Costs: 780 € for students (applications for external funding are ongoing), 1350 € for non-students
  • There will be an information event on Tuesday, 29th of May (17:00, R. 200, Herderbau), where we present the tentative excursion programme, give you the latest updates (also regarding financing and safety aspects) and try to answer all individual questions.
  • Registration deadline is 17th of June 2018.
  • Please note that German language skills are very important during the excursion, since translators in Kyrgyzstan are mostly likely non-English speakers.


If you already know that you want to participate, please fill in the attached application form and return it to steffen.entenmann@waldbau.uni-freiburg.de as soon as possible – this helps us substantially with the organisation. By registering early, you also make sure that you have a place in the excursion and that you can be considered for further financial support, if applicable.

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