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.

Forestry ministry calls for help to transfer 12.7 million hectares to communities

  The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry has called on civil society organizations to help speed the handover of forest rights to communities. Despite valiant efforts in the last two years to overcome the complexities of community...

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...

How indigenous are you?

Indigenous people have been granted rights to forests in a recent court ruling in Indonesia. But defining who is indigenous and who isn’t remains contentious.   In May 2013, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia ruled in favour of...

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Narrowing the gap between statutory and customary rights in Viet Nam’s community forest management

Researchers in Viet Nam have identified a gap between statutory rights from legally allocated forests and informal customary rights for community forest management   According to a research team from Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry and the...

The reasons why the richest benefit from community-based forest management

Why are the wealthiest farmers and a state-owned company benefiting the most from a scheme intended to help the poorest? Further study has revealed a complex web of migration, skills, capital, extra-curricular payments, evasive action and a lack...

Safeguarding people’s rights through land-use planning

 The rights of local and indigenous people have often been overlooked in governments’ land-use planning. It’s time for that to change, say Sébastien de Royer, Gamma Galudra and Ujjwal Pradhan   Once the world was forest and humans...