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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.

Seeing swidden

Swidden aka shifting cultivation has long been criticised as an unsustainable agricultural practice in Southeast Asia. Research is revealing its complexities and benefits   Swiddening, that is, the practice of clearing forest for annual crops and then managing...

Coffee growing under forest remnants in Ladalia. Dispersed in crop fields and pastures or planted in lines, trees are a conspicuous element in agricultural landscapes. Photo C Watson/ICRAF

In Nicaragua, a staggering diversity and density of trees on farms

Nicaragua is making progress. Although it is among the poorest countries in Latin America by GDP, its economy has grown by 4% a year for a decade. It is also ranked the sixth-safest country on the sub-continent. To...

From Sumba to Sulawesi: farmers learn from success

Ever wondered what farmers get out of talking with other farmers? Two projects in eastern Indonesia have brought farmers together to learn and inspire.   A group of farmers from the dry island of Sumba, Indonesia visited neighbouring...

International Day of Forests 2016: What’s the state of the world’s forests?

Originally published on Forest News. In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. The Day provides a platform to raise awareness on the importance of forests and trees and the myriad...

At launch, the Wangari Maathai Foundation unveils major project for environment and society

Hundreds of friends, partners and supporters joined the family of Kenya’s celebrated environmentalist and Africa’s first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in launching the Wangari Maathai Foundation, on 11 March 2016. The colourful event at the...

For more and better-quality food production, take care of pollinators

The evidence is clear: For big gains in crop production, our landscapes must become more hospitable to some of the planet’s littlest creatures— its pollinators. Bees, birds, butterflies, moths and some small mammals transfer pollen from flower to...

Reaching the ‘how’ of landscape restoration: experts from ICRAF, IUCN discuss in Paris

As climate negotiators wrangled in Paris towards the historic agreement this December, scientists and policy makers elsewhere in the city were equally fixated on landscapes and how to restore them. Landscape restoration locks up carbon in the soil...

Beyond eucalyptus woodlots: what’s on the agroforestry menu for communities around Virunga?

The technical guide is an essential tool for extension efforts promoting rural development and the protection of the environment or land, who are interested in promoting agroforestry in North Kivu province. The technical manual (in French the Guide technique d’agroforesterie pour la selection et la gestion des arbres au Nord-Kivu) helps people to select and manage trees in the area around the Park.

Why food waste is a concern for tropical forest conservation

Does wasting food lead to the loss of tropical forests? Though not obvious at first glance, researchers say clear links exist between food loss and wastage, and deforestation. This is because clearing intact forests to produce both commodity...

Improving timber and non-timber products in Indonesia

Understanding how to manage timber and non-timber forest products is particularly important for poorer households in Indonesia. Action research to improve farmers’ understanding is underway.   Combining tree planting with management of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) has been...

The green alliance that is restoring a national park

In Sukabumi in Indonesia an environmental organization has partnered with a private company, communities and a national park to restore the park’s barren areas.   By Enggar Paramita   When the Indonesian state forestry enterprise Perum Perhutani delineated...

Mangrove forest management: lessons from Thailand

Mangrove forest conservation and restoration needs the participation of everyone involved, particularly local communities, for success. Favourable policies and legal frameworks are fundamentally important to support local involvement.   By Nguyen Tien Hai   From 16 to 20...

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