510 saplings for Berakas Forest Reserve

Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd organised its fifth reforestation project at Berakas Forest Reserve Recreational Park as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to protect and preserve Brunei Darussalam’s biodiversity and natural environment, and to support Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy’s (BNCCP) Strategy 2 on Forest Cover, which aims to increase the natural carbon sink through afforestation and reforestation with the target of planting 500,000 new trees by 2035.

Over 65 people comprising Hengyi officials, representatives from the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), the Forestry Department and Green Brunei, as well as volunteers, rolled up their sleeves to help plant 510 saplings across 0.5 hectares of land. Five species of trees – Sepetir, Ru Runang, Selungsur, Resak, and Tulong – were planted in view of the soil condition and dry environment at Berakas Forest Reserve.

Berakas Forest Reserve was chosen for the reforestation project after it was identified as a degraded area due to forest fires.

Hengyi launched the reforestation project in May 2019, and has since planted 3,010 saplings across three hectares of land. Hengyi takes measures to ensure the tree saplings are able to grow steadily over the years.

Hengyi also launched the reforestation project with an uncompromising pledge to plant trees 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+).

Volunteers and officials during the restoration project. PHOTO: HENGYI INDUSTRIES SDN BHD