Logging activities reduced to ensure sustainable future

Azlan Othman

The Forestry Department is actively controlling logging activities to ensure sustainability for the future generation, said Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong during the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

Responding to a query by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit, the minister said the agency has adopted the policy of re-planting trees for every one tree logged.

Companies licensed to conduct logging activities have also been reduced from 21 to 16 due to lack of activities, he added.

Annually, the quota for logging activities has also been limited to 10,000 square metric cubic feet of timber, and only 60 per cent of the quota has been used, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali said.

The Forestry Department has also planted some two million trees over the last decade through its greenery projects, and the efforts will be further supported by the climate change initiative which targets the planting of 500,000 trees by 2035.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali also said a proposal has been made to make Teraja forest a sustainable park with wildlife and sanctuary sites.

Meanwhile, responding to Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, who proposed for the timber products expo to be extended, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali said, “We plan to hold the expo again during the Brunei December Festival (BDC) and on World Forestry Day.

He also said, “We have a target of the number of trees planted by officers and staff, diplomats and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as schools and corporate bodies.”

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit speaks at the session. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR