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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.

Indonesia set to expand use of bioenergy

The need for clearer policies, more trees and other plants for biomass and fuel, and use of organic waste from agriculture were some of the topics discussed at an international clean-energy forum for Indonesia that quickened the agenda...

Success in thirsty Sumba a challenge for researchers

Dryland tropical agroforestry is a little-researched area that is likely to be increasingly in demand as climate patterns change. Researchers on the island of Sumba in Indonesia are working hard and fast to meet the challenges.   Sumba’s...

Power in balance: encouraging news about gender from Southern Sulawesi

Researchers in Sulawesi, Indonesia are sounding a rare note of optimism in the usually dreary accounting of gender relations: women’s situations aren’t so bad in communities they studied in southern Sulawesi.   According to the researchers, although men...

Indonesia’s Kajang indigenous community achieves land rights

The Kajang indigenous people of Bulukumba, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia have finally overcome the long impasse over recognition of their customary land.   After several years of meetings, consultations and regulatory proceedings, the council plenary meeting of the...

Coffee-based agroforestry: a new way to increase farmers’ income in Hulu Lambuya Forest in Southeast Sulawesi

Farmers in Indonesia are learning how to grow coffee to improve their livelihoods and ensure their household needs. By Hendra Gunawan and Endri Martini A few years ago, a mixed orchard based on coffee trees was hard to...

Tree nurseries increase availability of quality seedlings

In growing numbers, smallholders in Gorontalo, Indonesia manage tree nurseries as an alternative income source. The World Agroforestry Centre through the AgFor Sulawesi project is sharing new knowledge and experience for the benefit of farmers. Tree nurseries are...

Bhutan learns how to improve payments for ecosystem services

Staff of the Bhutan Government have been trained by the World Agroforestry Centre in methods for improving their ecosystem services’ schemes.   Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are incentive-based schemes that bridge conservation initiatives and community livelihoods. The...

Hosing down hype but not burying hope

Ten years ago there were high hopes that an oil-bearing tree or shrub could be part of the answer to the world’s quest for biofuel. By now the ‘hype’ has almost been forgotten. As in most of these...

Surviving the long dry season in Konawe Selatan with improved farming systems

Farmers in Indonesia are more optimistic about surviving the increasingly long dry seasons thanks to the World Agroforestry Centre improving their understanding of agroforestry and drip irrigation.   By Amy Lumban Gaol   Up until recently, for farmers...

PUB or coffee shop: how to inform landscape watershed management?

Pubs and coffee shops are multi-layered watersheds of information flows. Is one more effective than the other for climate negotiations?   At a recent ‘shared learning’ event at the Bogor, Indonesia campus of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF),...

Maize farmers convert to agroforestry

Farmers in Gorontalo, Indonesia are turning to agroforestry as a solution to the increasingly long dry seasons that have devastated their maize crops. New techniques are being taught by the World Agroforestry Centre. Up until a few years...

Dehazing Indonesia’s effort to support sustainable timber production and self-sufficiency in food, energy and water

  On 21 and 22 October 2015, more than 600 forest scientists and practitioners from 12 countries met at the Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia for the Third International Conference of Indonesia’s Forestry Research (INAFOR). The minister and senior...

Bioenergy boosted through international agreement in Bali

A partnership for developing sustainable bioenergy in Indonesia has been formalised between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the World Agroforestry Centre.   His Excellency Mr Sudirman Said, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the...