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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.

Government asks International Fund for Agricultural Development to continue support for agroforestry

The District Government of Buol in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia wants continued international support for a project led by the World Agroforestry Centre that helps with sustainable agricultural development based on agroforestry   Amiruddin Rauf, the head of...

pineapple plantation Bukidnon Philippines

Healthy watersheds need everyone’s help, agrees International Fund for Agricultural Development

Everyone with an interest in a watershed has to be involved for its protection to be effective. Deceptively simple, this finding from the Philippines is now being globally promoted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   From...

Sumberjaya, River Care, contract

CGIAR brings people together to conserve a watershed in Sumatra

The Way Besai watershed, which was experiencing conflict, is now harmonious thanks to an initiative by a CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry team from the World Agroforestry Centre   In 2014, the Community Forestry Farmers’...

Stronger, resilient islands in the Philippines

Small island communities are some of the most vulnerable and isolated in the world. On one, the island of Bohol in the Philippines, trees are an integral part of island life, where survival often depends on traditional agricultural...

Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park, B+WISER, Amy Cruz, World Agroforestry Centre

B+WISER prioritizes research in the Philippines

A USAID-funded project to improve watersheds and biodiversity has prioritized 67 research ideas   By Bhen Aguihon   Sixty-seven research ideas were presented at the National Workshop on Research and Development Agenda organized by the Biodiversity and Watersheds...

Mr Nikom Onkew, chair of the Mae Win sub-district administration senate

Local government and ecosystem rewards’ schemes in Thailand

The chair of Mae Win sub-district administrative office senate in Thailand is also an agroforester and eco-tourism operator who supports rewarding local people who protect their environment   By Robert Finlayson   ‘Having a variety of plants in...

agroforest, Indonesia, watershed

Thirty percent forest or 70% agroforest: which will make an Indonesian watershed healthy?

Indonesia’s spatial planning law prescribes 30% of land needs to be set aside as forest for watershed functions. But this number was originally based on melting snow in Europe. Will it lead to healthy watersheds in the tropics?...

New evidence proves diverse forests control erosion

Scientists in China have used a new method to tease apart the causes of erosion in a landscape. The results show that diverse forests reduce erosion dramatically   Researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia...

deforestation, sloping land

Use a computer to choose the best way to manage your land

Governments can use a computer model to see the effects of different land uses. We tested one model in a watershed in the Philippines, saving time and money, say Leo Kris M. Palao, Moises M. Dorado, Kharmina Paola...