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.

How much carbon dioxide is emitted from smallholders’ farms on peatland?

Smallholders clear forests on peat swamps for their farms, emitting considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. But how much? Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre went for a walk to find out.   Walking on Indonesian peat that has...

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.

Finding long-term solutions for degraded peat land: video

A video has been released that documents research in Jambi Province, Indonesia on how best to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from land use on peat, including intercropping oil palm and other crops.   A video released by the World...

Dehazing Indonesia’s effort to support sustainable timber production and self-sufficiency in food, energy and water

  On 21 and 22 October 2015, more than 600 forest scientists and practitioners from 12 countries met at the Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia for the Third International Conference of Indonesia’s Forestry Research (INAFOR). The minister and senior...

Stopping haze when it rains: lessons learned from 20 years of Alternatives-to-Slash-and-Burn research in Indonesia

More than 20 years of research and action have brought new insights but the issues are still on the agenda: every time episodes with haze and land-clearing fires draw the attention of policy makers, once the rains come,...

Collaboration key to Dyera return to peat

 Jelutung, a once-prolific commodity tree, might well return to the peat-rich district of Tanjung Jabung Barat in Indonesia thanks to a lasting collaboration between the World Agroforestry Centre and the district government.   By Nichola Sarvangga Valero Mitakda...

Farmers trained in jelutong agroforestry for peatland

Tropical peatlands are one of the world’s great carbon stores but are under threat from conversion for economic purposes. One native species in Indonesia is making a comeback thanks to its role in maintaining peat ecosystems while improving...

The almost-forgotten Philippine peatlands and their global role

Despite the recognized importance of peatlands by the global scientific community, the Philippines is still in the early stages of identifying, measuring and understanding peatlands. Dr Rodel D. Lasco of the World Agroforestry Centre and colleagues investigated their...