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.

Payments for environmental services in Viet Nam might not be sustainable without improved monitoring and evaluation

Viet Nam’s payments-for-ecosystem-services schemes might not be sustainable because it’s hard to tell if they are succeeding or not, says Leony Aurora   Five years after payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes started in Viet Nam, success is...

Africa’s ecosystem-services schemes face many challenges

Supporters of payments-for-ecosystem-services’ schemes in Africa should reconsider the use of strict financial approaches and look to co-investment, says Leony Aurora   Schemes that commodify the services provided by an ecosystem—such as clean air and water, landscape beauty...

Safeguarding people’s rights through land-use planning

 The rights of local and indigenous people have often been overlooked in governments’ land-use planning. It’s time for that to change, say Sébastien de Royer, Gamma Galudra and Ujjwal Pradhan   Once the world was forest and humans...

New global accounting standards will ‘make ecosystems count’

International accounting standards for ecosystem services are being developed, allowing environmental costs to be included in economic data and policy, says Leony Aurora     The United Nations Statistics Division has drafted the Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, which highlight...

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