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.

Options for trees on farms in Kalimantan, Indonesia

  Researchers are exploring existing systems that mix trees with rice, oil palm and other species on both mineral and peat soils so as to understand how farmers can increase biodiversity Growing more trees on agricultural land can...

How much carbon dioxide is emitted from smallholders’ farms on peatland?

Smallholders clear forests on peat swamps for their farms, emitting considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. But how much? Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre went for a walk to find out.   Walking on Indonesian peat that has...

Biodiesel from palm oil: finding the sweet spot between ecology and economy

Scientists at ICRAF The World Agroforestry Centre have struck the golden mean between intensification and environmental health for oil-palm plantations. Their analysis shows that sustainable systems can significantly boost production but not as high as some analysts believed....

Finding long-term solutions for degraded peat land: video

A video has been released that documents research in Jambi Province, Indonesia on how best to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from land use on peat, including intercropping oil palm and other crops.   A video released by the World...

Sustainable bioenergy and the Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia

Bioenergy can play a role in Indonesia in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. And several other Goals. But some conditions need to be met.   ‘Bioenergy is...

Bioenergy for Indonesia means improving smallholders’ livelihoods and maintaining the environment

If Indonesia is to achieve its target of 23% renewable energy, of which 10% should come from bioenergy, by 2025, the nation must simultaneously improve policies, embrace smallholders to improve their livelihoods and maintain the services provided by...

‘Livelihoods insetting’ attracts oil-palm players

The idea of creating multiple agricultural alternatives for farmers within oil-palm landscapes has attracted interest from large industry players at a conference in Malaysia, the world’s second-biggest producing nation.   Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is one of the...

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Oil palm on mineral soil in Indonesia is not changing soil carbon

The amount of carbon stored in mineral soil doesn’t change whether the land has been formerly forested or not, say scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre Indonesia   About 15% of the oil palm grown in Indonesia is...

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Oil palm can help to sequester more carbon

According to researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre, oil-palm plantations can help climate-change mitigation by not only reducing greenhouse-gas emissions through use as a biofuel but also by sequestering a considerable amount of carbon   In the Philippines,...

Migrants, land and deforestation in Indonesia

Internal migrants in Indonesia have shifted land arrangements, resulting in both social and ecological damage: land conflicts increase along with deforestation. This complex relationship has been underplayed in the REDD debate, say Gamma Galudra, Meine van Noordwijk, Putra...

What could stop the conversion of the last orangutan habitat peat-swamps to oil palm in Tripa, Indonesia?

A mix of regulations, international incentives and consumer pressure might be enough, say Hesti Lestari Tata, Meine van Noordwijk, Denis Ruysschaert, Rachmat Mulia, Subekti Rahayu, Elok Mulyoutami, Atiek Widayati, Andree Ekadinata, Riswan Zen, Adji Darsoyo, Rahayu Oktaviani, Sonya...