Author: Rob Finlayson

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.

Bad news for international bio-energy regulators

A team of scientists has found that bio-energy crops such as oil palm can ‘swing’ the balance of their greenhouse-gas emissions depending on how the crop is managed. International regulators concerned with reducing emissions will have to look to the...

Who is importing African timber to China and what might this mean for sustainability?

Recent research by the Centre’s East Asia Node together with Forest Trends, an NGO, suggests that most import of timber to China from Africa is done by a relatively small number of geographically clustered firms. This may provide...

Bat diversity in a healthy landscape

Bats are indicators of the health of an ecosystem. A new book by Pandam Nugroho Prasetyo, Sephy Noerfahmy and Hesti Lestari Tata helps characterise their diversity. Of the more than 1000 species of bat in the world, Indonesia has...

Sugar, women, wine, money, men and orangutan

By Meine van Noordwijk and Endri Martini   We need a sophisticated understanding of how socio-ecological systems interact with markets,  policies and cultural norms before we can identify potential improvements to agroforestry systems that have provided livelihoods for...