Brunei Darussalam shares similar concerns with other countries towards climate change and its impacts. Recognising this importance, Brunei supports combined efforts at all levels in addressing and tackling climate change in support of Green Protocol initiatives and by adopting the whole-of-nation approach in all government agencies and parties.
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof said in a message to mark World Meteorological Day 2021.
The message added, “Every year, on March 23, Brunei with fellow members of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrates World Meteorological Day to commemorate the emergence of the WMO Convention on this date in 1950. This celebration is also aimed at acknowledging the important contribution of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) in ensuring the safety and well-being of the global community
“This year, the theme chosen by WMO is ‘The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather’ to celebrate WMO’s focus in connecting the ocean, climate and weather within the Earth system and also in line with the beginning of the ‘United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)’.
“The Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), through the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD), will continue to strengthen cooperation with various parties at national, regional and international levels.
“BDMD, as the country’s national meteorological agency, has successfully produced a climate change projection report for Brunei, in collaboration with the Hadley Centre Meteorological Office, in the United Kingdom.
“The outcome of the report indicated a rising temperature trend in the mean surface air temperature over the next 30 years by 0.04˚C annually. The results of this study are intended to help relevant agencies make plans, policies and actions that are more structured and sustainable in addressing the effects of climate change.
“In support of these efforts, BDMD has been cooperating closely with the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), and in the preparation of the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) launched in July 2020 by the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC).
“BDMD will continue to uphold its important role in the provision of ongoing weather services including weather observations, forecasts, warnings and advisories that contribute to the safety of aviation and maritime sectors, in accordance with international standards and requirements such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Maritime Organization (IMO).
“Towards meeting international standards and requirements, the MTIC through BDMD is actively undertaking several National Development Plan projects that will strengthen the country’s weather observation infrastructure which among others include the replacement and upgrading of weather radar monitoring systems, national automatic weather observation network system and automatic weather observation system at Brunei International Airport.
“Therefore, understanding how the ocean influences the weather and climate conditions is critical to WMO’s goals in achieving sustainable development. As a member state of WMO, Brunei will provide the best weather and climate services to support these efforts.
“BDMD will also continue to use the Brunei WX application as an effective method of delivering weather information, forecasts, advisories and warnings to meet the needs of the country and the public including forecasts and warnings of ocean conditions.”