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.

Indonesia looking to protect biodiversity through trees on farms

Representatives from government and non-governmental organizations are working together to ensure that growing more trees on agricultural land will increase protection of biodiversity as well as farmers’ livelihoods   In the province of West Kalimantan in Indonesia, an...

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...

The Philippines needs a national agroforestry policy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

  Representatives of Philippine government forestry and agriculture agencies, the private sector, universities, farmers’ organizations and NGOs are calling for a national agroforestry policy to meet climate challenges   The Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable...

Asia-Pacific Forest Communication Network meets urgent need

Policy makers, governments and international organizations increasingly recognize the urgent need for the forestry sector to improve its communication capacity and activity across countries and regions.   More than 35 communication workers, resource mobilizers, natural-resources managers and foresters...

Of Trees and Banks

by Catherine Ky-Dembele and Ake Mamo In the drylands of Mali, adoption of tree based food banks is creating big impressions in farmers’ lives. When we think of food security, it is specters of food shortage and bags...

Increasing farmers’ resilience in Central Viet Nam through agroforestry

‘What an innovative approach!’ said Mr Le Minh Loan, a farmer in Quang Binh Province, Central Viet Nam of the agroforestry systems integrating pomelo with peanut introduced in their commune. By Doan Thi Luyen, Dam Viet Bac and...

Holistic adaptation needed for smallholders in the Philippines

Smallholding farmers in the Philippines notice climate change and its impacts on their farming systems, however, their adaptive capacities are not yet fully maximized. There is, thus, a need to holistically develop their capacities.   Researchers have found...

From knowing to reaping benefits from trees in the Philippines

Capacity-building programs are recommended for enhancing farmers’ awareness of the ecosystem services trees provide in the Molawin-Dampalit Watershed, Philippines. A heightened awareness would then influence the farmers to integrate trees in their farms.   A team of researchers...

Beyond eucalyptus woodlots: what’s on the agroforestry menu for communities around Virunga?

The technical guide is an essential tool for extension efforts promoting rural development and the protection of the environment or land, who are interested in promoting agroforestry in North Kivu province. The technical manual (in French the Guide technique d’agroforesterie pour la selection et la gestion des arbres au Nord-Kivu) helps people to select and manage trees in the area around the Park.

The potential of trees for energy

Further exploration of sustainable tree-based bioenergy could help improve the lives and livelihoods of communities around the world.   Most of the energy used in the world comes from fossil fuels, which are not sustainable as sources will...

Model shows human impact on threatened tree species and their adaptability to climate change

Potential distribution of endangered forest tree species in the Philippines is largely determined by anthropogenic variables, that is, human activity. These species also respond differently to climate change: some might benefit while others lose habitat.   Alfie Torres,...

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Why aren’t farmers growing more trees?

Researchers in the Philippines found that farmers’ recognition of services provided by trees is an important but insufficient prerequisite for agroforestry adoption. More education is needed.   By Christine Marie D. Habito and Nina Astrid Fenger   Do...