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International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.)

Prof. Dr. Spathelf

Prof. Dr. Peter Spathelf

Head of study programme


The Bachelor study programme International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.) trains students to become experts who are able to understand the forests of our world as ecosystems and to conserve and manage them in the principles of a sustainable forestry (ecosystem approach).

The graduates should contribute to the implementation of international decisions and conventions for the protection and sustainable use of the Earth's natural resources through their acquired knowledge, management skills and experience abroad.



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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm-Günther Vahrson, President of Eberswalde University for sustainable Develpment and Max A E Rossberg (left), Chairman of the European Wilderness Society, signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding fostering joint activities
for the IFEM-Study Programme.

Foto: Annika Bischof

20 Years Anniversary Symposium of the Bachelor Study Programme International Forest Ecosystem Management

With over 150 guests, the IFEM programme celebrated its 20th anniversary on 28 September 2018. In addition to the IFEM-
partners (Dr. Elke Mannigel (OroVerde), Simon Mader (Querdenker / FuturoVerde) and Dr. Michael Haubold-Rosar
(Forschungsinstitut für Bergbaufolgelandschaften e.V. Finsterwalde) and international guest speakers (PhD Peter van der
(Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands) as well as Max Rossberg (European Wilderness
Society, Austria)), many alumni were guests.

After the festive programme with exciting lectures and humorous memories of the early days of the study programme, the alumni and IFEM students used the opportunity for exchange and cheerful togetherness with live music and grilled game sausages or cheese until late in the evening.

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During a visit Besuch_Delegation-Universidad-del-Quindio_Kolumbien_190318_CN_012_cut_500pxof a delegation from the "Universidad del Quindío" (Colombia) to the Department of Forests and Environment on 19th March 2018, the common aim of cooperation was confirmed by the signing of a cooperation agreement.

In particular, a student exchange and the possibility of joint project work (practical semesters abroad) are to be initiated for the IFEM programme.

From left to right: Norbert Pudzich, Luis Fernando Polanía
Obando, Christoph Nowicki, Wilhelm-Günther Vahrson, José 
Fernando Echeverry Murillo, Pierre Ibisch, Peter Spathelf,
Gustavo Botero Echeverry

ICIMOD_600pxOn the 02nd of November 2017 Professor Spathelf held a brown-bag talk at ICIMOD in Kathmandu on the topic 'Climate change adaptation of forests in Brandenburg'.

ICIMOD is a knowledge centre supported by 8 countries of the Himalaya region for the integrated sustainable development of mountain regions.


For further news see the archive.