Brunei facing rising temperatures, rainfall

Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam has an equatorial climate with year-round high temperature, rainfall and humidity. Currently the nation is prone to four key risks – floods, forest fires, strong winds and landslides.

Changing climate patterns may exacerbate weather-related disasters leading to more frequent and intense natural disasters. Studies indicate that, due to global warming, Brunei will likely experience an increase in temperature at a rate of 0.4 degrees Celsius per decade with rainfall projection increasing at a rate of 5mm per year in the next 30 years.

This was said by Acting Director of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) Shahrin bin Haji Mohd Jawie when officiating a two-day workshop on the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) Operational Document Task Force (ODTF) Strategy 8: Climate Resilience and Adaptation yesterday.

He added that we must not turn a blind eye to rising sea-levels. By 2100, global sea levels can rise up to 1.2 metres. Climate change and rising sea levels are inevitable. The workshop seeks to find practical solutions to minimise or avoid risks to increase resilience and adaptability to the problem.

He highlighted that although there are several initiatives taking place at all levels, Brunei must be prepared for this change and has more initiatives to reduce risks to ensure a safe and resilient community.

About 70 participants from stakeholders such as government agencies, private sector, research institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attended the workshop.

The workshop was co-organised by NDMC and the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat as co-lead agencies, and by external facilitators from the Ministry of Development (MoD), Brunei Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) and the Public Works Department (JKR).

Acting Director of the National Disaster Management Centre Shahrin bin Haji Mohd Jawie. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN