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Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

Switzerland, ASEAN and social forestry: a labour of love

At a farewell event for the outgoing Swiss ambassador to ASEAN, it became clear that his involvement with social forestry was personal as well as effective   His Excellency Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia and the...

Facing the challenges of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

With a growing population greater than the United States, the Greater Mekong Sub-Region is under enormous pressure caused by over-use of natural resources. The World Agroforestry Centre and Chiang Mai University have joined together to help find solutions...

Why reducing deforestation is not like the usual kind of Russian dolls

Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from land uses requires coordinated actions locally, nationally and globally. The ‘nesting’ of institutions needed to do this are assumed to be something like a series of identical but ever-smaller Russian dolls. There are other...

natural capital, beach, ocean, landscape, value

Estimating the value of depleting the Earth’s natural capital

Services provided by ecosystems that are worth up to USD 20.2 trillion per year have been lost since 1997. These estimates are conservative, say Robert Costanza and colleagues     Ecosystems provide a range of services that are...

REDD ready or not?

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation was thought to be a quick way to slow global warming. But after ten years of testing the international REDD framework, scientists express their doubts in three new publications,...

Co-investing in landscapes with Smart Tree-Invest

A new project will study co-investment by farmers, business and government in the environment and agriculture for mitigating and adapting to climate change, say Amy Cruz and Tess Beyer     An inception meeting for the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based,...

No action without awareness: REDD+, social forestry and green growth

REDD+ progress will be through policy integration and reform in the forestry, agricultural and economic development sectors and by keeping the major drivers of deforestation high on the agenda, says Moira Moeliono   Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by...

ASEAN needs an agroforestry policy

There is a critical need for an integrated agroforestry strategy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that encourages member states to promulgate agroforestry policies that achieve food security, alleviate poverty, create climate-resilient agricultural systems and sustainable, social...

New evidence proves diverse forests control erosion

Scientists in China have used a new method to tease apart the causes of erosion in a landscape. The results show that diverse forests reduce erosion dramatically   Researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia...

At the heart of carbon is my forest

A new guide for carbon-forestry projects explains why communities are at the heart of successful schemes, says David M. Wilson   The efficacy of carbon-forestry schemes is being debated as part of worldwide experiments with ways to slow...

How to approach a landscape

A ‘landscape approach’ to agriculture, forestry and other land uses never reaches its destination, says Peter Minang   ‘We use a landscape approach because there are complex problems facing the management of natural resources’, said Peter Minang, the...

In Memoriam Rev. Delbert Arthur Rice

We have lost a good friend and a remarkable person who was committed to the well-being of the people and landscapes of the Philippines, say Meine van Noordwijk and Grace Villamor   Surrounded by his family and friends,...