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.

People matter for peat

Better management of Indonesia’s vast peatlands, some of the biggest and most efficient carbon stores on the planet, which have been extensively degraded, means working with the people who make their living from them.

Mangrove forest management: lessons from Thailand

Mangrove forest conservation and restoration needs the participation of everyone involved, particularly local communities, for success. Favourable policies and legal frameworks are fundamentally important to support local involvement.   By Nguyen Tien Hai   From 16 to 20...

Crop failure, drought, Philippines

Leading scientist warns of impacts of climate change in Asia

Natural ecosystems are set to change dramatically in Asia and humans will not escape the consequences, warns Rodel D. Lasco of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change   ‘Practically every spot on the Earth has warmed,’ said Dr...

Celebrating conservation agriculture with trees

The 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management program in the Philippines was celebrated with a workshop and farmers’ field day hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre at joint field sites in Claveria, Misamis Oriental...

Mainstreaming climate change guidebook

How to protect diverse animals and plants from changes in climate

A new guidebook explains how to take into account climate changes that might affect biodiversity, say Rodel D. Lasco, Florencia Pulhin and Perlyn Pulhin   Because the effects of climate change are multifaceted, our challenge is to find...

agroforest, Jambi, Indonesia, rubber, biodiversity

There’s more in a rubber-tree agroforest than just rubber

Agroforests of rubber and other trees, which are not intensively managed, provide plentiful benefits to local people living on the margins of forests, says Elis Hayati     In Jambi province, Sumatra, Indonesia, agroforests are the main sources...

Bad news for international bio-energy regulators

A team of scientists has found that bio-energy crops such as oil palm can ‘swing’ the balance of their greenhouse-gas emissions depending on how the crop is managed. International regulators concerned with reducing emissions will have to look to the...