Brunei forest cover helps absorb GHG emissions

Azlan Othman

Although Brunei Darussalam is not a significant contributor to the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the nation is still experiencing the adverse impact of climate change from GHG emissions, including a rise in temperature and an increase in the number of forest fires in the last decade.

This was highlighted yesterday by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab during the opening of the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) Operational Document Task Force (ODTF) Workshop, which resumed this week to discuss the BNCCP Strategy 2 on Forest Cover.

Hajah Tutiaty added, “Brunei Darussalam is blessed with an extensive and biologically rich forest. With a 72.1 per cent forest cover, the country is capable of absorbing most of its national greenhouse gas emissions.

“However, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, through the Forestry Department, intends to further increase the country’s carbon sequestration capacity by planting new trees and to use this platform in promoting participation from stakeholders and the communities.”

Legislative Council (LegCo) member and Co-founder of Green Brunei Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari was also present. The two-day workshop is organised by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism through the Forestry Department, as the lead agency for the BNCCP Strategy 2 on Forest Cover, with the support of the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS).

Around 72 participants are involved, including important stakeholders from government agencies, the private sector, higher institutions, bank associations, key industry players and non-governmental organisations ( NGOs).

The workshop is aimed at formulating an Operational Document for the BNCCP Strategy 2 on Forest Cover to achieve the target of increasing Brunei Darussalam’s carbon sink through afforestation and reforestation, with a target of planting 500,000 new trees by 2035. It is co-facilitated by the lead agency and external co-facilitator from Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd.

Legislative Council member and Co-founder of Green Brunei Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab during the workshop. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN
Hajah Tutiaty delivering the speech