The Annual Work Seminar (AWS) germinated in 2012 in one of the student meetings as a felt need for a platform where young researchers and practitioners within ATREE would get to communicate their work, interact and share insights and feedback. Since then AWS has been organised twice in the years 2013 and 2015 making AWS 2017 the third edition. The AWS platform is open to faculty, students, research associates (RAs), and representatives of Community Conservation Centres (CCC) where they can disseminate and discuss their achievements, work findings, and discuss potential work proposals with the entire ATREE community.