| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
INTERNATIONAL School Brunei (ISB) and interested partners are joining together to operate an environmental programme for community-based renewable energy and environmental protection awareness in Brunei.
A group of experts from associations and companies involved in the ISB Conservation, Action from Recycling and the Environment Centre (The ISB CARE Centre) Project, yesterday went through a forest trail in the pristine forests that surround the proposed ISB CARE Centre site to identify the various plant species. The centre will be located at Sungai Hanching.
Before the group went to identify plants, members of the project partners and the architect of the centre had a discussion on design.
Accompanying the group were officers from the Forestry Department, who were there to collect samples to help identify plant species. Plants and trees that were identified were tagged with a yellow ribbon. The objective of the identification was to aid future studies by students who will be utilising the facilities at the centre.
The centre will provide hands-on examples of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power and it will also provide a base for Bru-Wild, which is leading conservation efforts for so many of the unique flora and fauna in the Heart of Borneo initiative.
In addition, ISB will also run a large recycling centre on the site (as they have done for almost 10 years in Berakas), helping to raise awareness and educate a large segment of Bruneian youth in this endeavour.
All of the programmes, namely conservation, sustainability and recycling will be open to schools in Brunei, to all appropriate age-groups.
Staffing will consist of paid and voluntary personnel who will use a structured research approach, which can give feedback towards the needs of the school curriculum for later investigation back in school.