Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd conducted its third reforestation project at the Berakas Forest Reserve, Biodiversity Park as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative in the protection and preservation of Brunei’s biodiversity and natural environment.
Over 80 participants comprising Hengyi staff and volunteers from the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), Forestry Department, Beach Bunch, Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan (Rotary Club BSB), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Discovery Year students under Green Brunei, and members of RPN Serasa and Kampong Serasa Village Consultative Council assisted in planting 500 saplings across 0.5 hectares of land.
Nine different types of tree species were planted, namely Kapur Paji, Selangan Daun Tebal, Binchaloi, Meranti Putih Timbul, Kapur Bukit, Sarang Punai Bukit, Sarang Punai, Sepetir and Merawan Ribu.
The soil at the Berakas Forest Reserve is known to be sandy, and the chosen species have a higher survival rate in sandstone and sandy soils. They help minimise soil erosion, increase the area’s biodiversity, and will serve educational purposes. The reforestation project also helps reverse the declining forest cover at the reserve, which has been severely affected by forest fires.
Since the inception of the Reforestation Project in May 2019, 2,000 saplings have been planted across two hectares of land. Hengyi has also taken steps for the care and maintenance of all the planted saplings to ensure their continued survival and growth.
Hengyi launched the reforestation project with an uncompromising pledge to plant saplings covering a total land area of 200 hectares in support of Brunei Darussalam’s commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Programme (REDD+).