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    Tree planting app to go live in November

    Azlan Othman

    Shell LiveWIRE Brunei, in conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021 held a Market Engagement session at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday, for interested proponents of a project involving the Provision of a Carbon Footprint Tracking Application, and Tree Planting and Maintenance Services.

    The project focusses on one of Shell LiveWIRE Brunei’s core areas – digitalisation. Introducing a digital platform will help streamline the process of monitoring the growth and quality of carbon sinks.

    Tree-planting initiatives carried out by the public sector and civil society can conveniently be recorded on the platform. A full version of the mobile application is expected to go live by November, which would encourage further tree-planting activities.

    A call-for-action feature to plant trees will be one of the highlights of this project.

    Following the introduction of this project, it is hoped that domestic carbon emissions can be measured and managed more easily, thus supporting Brunei in achieving its goal of becoming a low-carbon and climate resilient nation while preserving a sustainable environment for future generations. Programme Director of LiveWIRE Brunei Haji Abdul Yusrin bin Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Salleh said, “On the issue of climate change, the global average temperature is expected to rise beyond inhabitable levels due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

    A representative from the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat speaks on climate change. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

    “In recent years, natural disaster occurrences such as forest fires have become more frequent, intense and unpredictable due to the changing climate.

    “This trend is extremely concerning, and it is important now more than ever before to strengthen the efforts needed to increase the capacity of the country’s natural carbon sinks, through afforestation and reforestation, as stipulated in the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP). By utilising a digital platform, the process of monitoring the growth and quality of carbon sinks can be streamlined.

    Invited panellists from the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS) and the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) from the Ministry of Development (MoD), as well as DARe (Darussalam Enterprise), were also present to discuss their involvement and expectations on the project.

    JASTRe outlined the guidelines and specifications applicable to tree-planting, while DARe provided a brief on its co-matching grant, which is part of a developing financing framework for micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs).

    Before the event concluded, a question-and-answer session was held between representatives from Shell LiveWIRE Brunei, BCCS, JASTRe, Forestry Department of MPRT and DARe, and the proponents of the project.

    Among those present were BSP In-Country Value Manager and Chairman of Shell LiveWIRE Brunei Hajah Rosita binti Haji Hassan, and BSP Head of Energy Transition Shirley Sikun.

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