| Hakim Hayat |
AS PART of capacity building and knowledge sharing of biodiversity conservation, the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) continues to systematically gather information on Brunei Darussalam’s native flora and fauna.
IBER has now come out with the publi-cation of ‘Snakes of Brunei’ and ‘Frogs of Brunei’ posters, a collaborative project between IBER and BruWILD, a registered society of mostly UBD-trained biologists and conservationists consisting of mammal specialists, herpetologists, ornithologists, botanists and marine life specialists.
Signifying the launch of the posters yesterday was a handover ceremony held at UBD which saw Vice-President of BruWILD, Siti Yasmin Farhana Hj Mohd Sofian, handing over the posters to IBER Director Prof Dr Kushan Tennakoon.
The IBER-BruWILD Biodiversity posters are a direct outcome of the collaborative endeavour between IBER and BruWILD.
Research conducted by undergraduates, postgraduates and academics from UBD has contributed to the information used by BruWILD to create these posters.
BruWILD’s innovative poster design aimed at raising awareness on the most beautiful species of snakes and frogs found in Brunei.
The team hopes that these posters will serve as a stepping stone to many future initiatives on the conservation of Brunei’s rich biodiversity. By sponsoring the production of these posters, IBER aims to increase biodiversity awareness among university and secondary school students as well as nature enthusiasts in Brunei. These posters will be used for the KBFSC Environmental Education Programme and IBER’s other biodiversity and environmental education initiatives.
BruWILD was established in early April 2014 and is advised by academics from UBD. The group aims to build public understanding on conserving our country’s bio assets and natural heritage. IBER looks forward to a long and continued collaboration with BruWILD to produce more informative posters on flora and other fauna in the future.
IBER in a press release said Brunei Darussalam has over 80 species of legless, carnivorous serpents. “Despite their notorious reputation and often feared by many, not all snakes are venomous.”
It also said there are over 85 species of frogs and toads in Brunei of which two-thirds are endemic to Borneo. “In other words, about 57 species of these frogs and toads can only be found on this island and nowhere else in the world!”
Yet, it added that not many people are aware of the remarkable varieties of snakes and frogs that are found in our country. “Snakes, frogs and toads play many important ecological roles in maintaining the dynamic equilibrium of our rainforest ecosystems. Conservation of snakes and frogs is, therefore, important and knowing what these snakes and frogs are is one good step towards the protection of these valuable gifts of nature.”