Category: Asia

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.

Bali’s World Heritage rice-field system on brink of collapse

The integrated rice-field irrigation system of Bali, Indonesia, has been awarded World Heritage Cultural Landscape status by UNESCO. It has maintained agricultural ecosystem services for over 1000 years but might not survive its popularity, says Elizabeth Kahurani  ...

Enhancing smallholder tree systems and livelihoods in Lampung: what has fifteen years of research taught us?

Enhancing smallholder tree systems and livelihoods in Lampung: what has fifteen years of research taught us?

In Lampung, Indonesia, the demand for horticultural products exceeds supply and proximity to Jakarta offers access to potentially lucrative markets. Smallholders are, however, unable to benefit from this due to poor market knowledge, channels and opportunities. Strategies to...

Indonesia launches national strategy for agroforestry research

The Government of Indonesia has officially published a strategy to research and develop agroforestry throughout the archipelago. The strategy was created with help from the World Agroforestry Centre, says Robert Finlayson   For more than a year, the...

Gender Equality or Environmental Conservation? A tough call for Sumatra

Greater involvement of women in landscape-level decision-making will increase emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Sumatra, Indonesia, posing challenges to emissions reduction efforts. This is according to a study by Villamor et al, published in ‘Mitigation and...

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Where will trees grow in a new climate?

Researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre Philippines have created a model that suggests where threatened trees are likely to grow under a future climate, say Kristine Garcia, Rodel Lasco, Amor Ines, Bradfield Lyon and Florencia Pulhin    ...

World’s largest reforestation scheme fails to protect natural forests and threatens more

China’s Sloping Land Conversion Program had high ideals but a new study has shown that while it has increased the amount of tree cover it has failed to protect natural forests, say De Li Zhai, Jian Chu Xu,...

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