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.

ASEAN foresters need closer integration

Representatives of several ASEAN member states agreed that closer integration of community forestry across the region would help to improve farmers’ livelihoods, trade and environmental management. The representatives from Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam discussed the achievements and...

One tree, many trunks: ASEAN, national governments and smallholders (Part 2)

The new global agenda has one goal: a sustainable Earth. The contribution of agroforestry in achieving this was discussed in detail at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, led by Dr Meine van Noordwijk (see part 1) as part of the...

Serving society: forestry and people

People-centred forestry is at the heart of ensuring future generations inherit a sustainable Earth. Agroforestry can be its local expression.   Ms Yuliatin, a community forestry leader from Jember in Indonesia, brought a grass-roots perspective to the opening...

Policy dialogue on social forestry in Southeast Asia: investing in a sustainable future for people and forests

‘Forestry is not about trees, it is about people. And it is about trees only insofar as trees can serve the needs of people.’ Jack Westoby   Key messages from the policy dialogue In order to ensure that...

agroforestry, My Loi, Viet Nam

Catch the climate-change moment

 A spontaneous answer to a farmer’s question has led to farmer-managed revegetation of a denuded hill and more opportunities for diversifying against climate shocks. It was all about seizing the moment   In the autumn of 2012, a...

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...

Switzerland, ASEAN and social forestry: a labour of love

At a farewell event for the outgoing Swiss ambassador to ASEAN, it became clear that his involvement with social forestry was personal as well as effective   His Excellency Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia and the...

No action without awareness: REDD+, social forestry and green growth

REDD+ progress will be through policy integration and reform in the forestry, agricultural and economic development sectors and by keeping the major drivers of deforestation high on the agenda, says Moira Moeliono   Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by...