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...

Ecological priorities remain hidden in the management of Indonesia’s forested landscapes

It’s still difficult to integrate ecological priorities into development processes, especially those related to the management of tropical forested landscapes. A recent comparative study of different forest landscapes in Indonesia proves the point, says Yves Laumonier   A...

Creating different land-use scenarios to reduce conflict

Prospective participatory analysis has helped communities on Seram Island, Indonesia, see the likely results of decisions about land use and provided a focus for their efforts, says Nining Liswanti   According to Nining Liswanti, a researcher with the...