A DIALOGUE session on Brunei-Networked ASEAN Peat Swamp Forest Communities (BRU-NAPC) under the ICT Virtual Organisation of ASEAN Institutes (ASEAN IVO) and National Institutes of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) was held at the Lecture Theatre 2, Library Complex, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) yesterday.
The session began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by welcoming speech by the Group Leader for Brunei NAPC for ASEAN IVO Project Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili and an official opening by the guest of honour Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) of UTB Professor Dr Zuruzi Abu Samah.
Forum on ‘Peatland Conservation and Mitigation Attempts’ was delivered by six local organisations and three regional members. The presenters were Forestry Officer from Heart of Borneo Zaeidi bin Haji Berudin, Senior Officer from Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) Dayangku Haryanti binti Pengiran Haji Petra, Senior Superintendent of Fire and Rescue Muhd Shahreeni bin Haji Yussof, Environmental Affairs Advisor from Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd Alinayati binti Haji Perudin, Technical Officer from Wetland Internationals / Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Aziah Muhamad, and Principal Research Scientist from Singapore – MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Dr Alex Cobb on behalf of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
Meanwhile, presentations from the regional members were delivered by Director of Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP) from Universiti Putra Malaysia Professor Dr Ahmad Ainuddin Nasruddin, Chief Engineer of Nusantara Earth Observation Networks (NEOnet) from the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, BPPT Indonesia Ingenieur Dr Yudi Adithyawarman, and Programme Coordinator of Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP) from Kyoto University, Japan Ryuichi Fukuhara.
Also in attendance at the session were delegates from Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department, Forestry Department, Belait District Office, TelBru, ASEAN IVO members of NAPC project and Smart Watering System and UTB project members.