Integrating Forest Management with Biodiversity Education in Papuan Universities

DAAD Funding measures for Biodiversity

Kick-off workshop at UNIPA, March 2019

As part of the DAAD Partnerships for Biodiversity in Developing Countries, the project "Integrating forest management with biodiversity education in Papuan Universities" has been approved for the funding period 2019- 2022.

Partners: Georg-August-University Göttingen, HAWK Göttingen, Universitas Papua (UNIPA), Universitas Cenderawasih (UNCEN), Papua/Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)

funded by DAAD (funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Papuan forests are very species-rich and the culturally diverse communities are still closely linked to the forest. UNIPA and UNCEN each plan to establish a university forest. This will be used for teaching, research and exchange on forest management with the local population. In the project, concepts for the protection of biodiversity will be developed together with communities and other stakeholders from practice. This will bring together local and academic knowledge and significantly increase the chances of successful implementation in practice.

Project Activities 2020

  • March 16th – 22nd 2020:Project meeting with all partners in Göttingen
    The combination of an increase in the number of corona infected people in Germany and the cancellations of some participants led to the decision of the project management and the University of Göttingen to cancel the project meeting.

  • March 19th – 20th 2020:
    Workshop in the DAAD Alumni Special Project "International Forest Assessment and Sustainable Forest Management - International research networks and their relevance for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
    Since this meeting was also cancelled by the DAAD at the same time, the project unfortunately had to abandon the planned scientific exchange and hopes to make up for this on another occasion.

    Project Activities 2019

    • March 8th – 16th 2019: Scientific meetings at UNCEN, field work and stakeholder interviews at Nimbokrang
    • March 18th – 21st: Kick-off workshop with all partners at UNIPA, field visit to forest sites at Ransiki and Warenmomi

      In October 2019, several student excursions were conducted with the partner universities. The biodiversity monitoring started using camera traps in the education forest of the partner university Universitas Cenderawasih. Furthermore, Michael Mühlenberg was invited to open an international conference of UNCEN in Jayapura.

    • 12-18 October 2019: Excursion for UNCEN students and start of biodiversity monitoring with camera traps in the Nimbokrang forest.
      Kamerafallen Nimbokrang Okt 2019
    • 19-20 October 2019: Opening of an international conference by Michael Mühlenberg in Jayapura.

    • 22-29 October 2019: Students excursion to Raja Ampat with a focus on marine biodiversity. Data collection for bachelor theses.
      Gruppe Raja Ampat Oktober 2019