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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.

Agroforestry is vital to the ASEAN economic community

Facing an uncertain future, the millions of farmers who feed the 617 million people of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations need more support to secure and agroforest their landscapes in the face of climate change and rapid...

Agroforestry among ‘100 Under $100’ tools for women’s empowerment

In her new book ‘100 Under $100’, Betsy Teutsch rounds up a hundred innovative yet affordable tools and practices that can make a huge difference in the lives of poor women in low-income countries. Agroforestry is among these...

Livestock mitigation: Opportunities for farmers, climate agreements across the globe

By Julianna White and Susan Onyango   At climate change talks in Bonn, leading countries, scientists and specialists show they are ready for climate finance in the livestock sector. Global climate change agreements now support the widespread adoption...

swidden, landscape

Key lessons for REDD+ schemes in swidden landscapes

Most forests are rich in ‘natural’ resources but they are also rich because local people have enriched forests through their knowledge and practice, such as in shifting cultivation, or swidden. Understanding how this works is critical for any...

ginger, nursery, bags, My Loi, Viet Nam, climate-smart

A tornado and heatwave welcome a new climate-smart village in Viet Nam

Assault from a tornado and the hottest weather in 40 years surrounded the inauguration of the newest climate-smart village in Viet Nam, underscoring the need to increase farmers’ resilience to climate change   During a heatwave with temperatures...

REDD+, equity, publications

Equity and REDD+: are we there yet?

The global scheme to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from deforestation and degradation plus conservation needs equitable distribution of both costs and benefits if it is to achieve its goals   Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions—and hence limiting global warming—by slowing or...

regrowth, sloping land, Myanmar

ASEAN economic integration means huge challenges for trees, farmers and food supply

Ten Southeast Asian nations will form a single economic bloc at the end of 2015. Agroforestry, forestry and agricultural policies, implementation and law enforcement are lagging behind. The gap threatens millions of livelihoods, environmental safety and national abilities...

Olof Skoog, Wambena, Yepase, Papua, Indonesia

A message from Wambena and Yepase to the world

In their greeting to the European Union ambassador, the villagers of Wambena and Yepase in Jayapura District, Papua Province, sent a message with Ambassador Olof Skoog to be passed to the rest of the world: that the water,...

More money and less risk for African eco-farmers

  A Greenpeace study in Malawi and Kenya has revealed that chemically-intensive farming hurts the bottom line of small-scale farmers; agroecological farming is more profitable. Agroecology refers to a suite of sustainable farming practices that use few or...

tree planting, Philippines

Reforestation is more than carbon

A team of researchers are advocating ‘climate-smart reforestation’: reforestation for climate-change mitigation and adaptation that takes into account the impacts of climate change on the reforestation itself.   Researchers from different universities and institutions discuss in a recently...

New report says forests and trees could be major factor in efforts to end global hunger

A billion people worldwide depend on forests and trees for balanced diets and sustainable incomes. About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger, with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. Forests and...

Buol, villagers, landscape

Can poor villages improve their livelihoods and protect their environment?

A new law in Indonesia gives funds for development but villages don’t have the capacity to carry it through. A workshop identified rewards-for-environmental-services’ schemes as potential capacity builders   The Government of Indonesia’s recently promulgated Law no. 6/2014...