‘Research can help guide Brunei’s forest management efforts’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
UNDERSTANDING biodiversity through research provides a baseline information for the formulation of policies that would guide our actions towards sustainable forest management, said the minister of primary resources and tourism yesterday.
Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong said this during the awards ceremony for the 18th Princess Rashidah Young Nature Scientists Award (PRYNSA) at Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
In his capacity as the chairman of the PRYNSA Steering Committee, the minister said Brunei’s forestry sector is looking to increase forestry contributions to the country’s gross domestic products.
“There is a need for us to further the sustainable production of forest goods and services, and the improvement of resources understanding and management capabilities of all forestry stakeholders,” said the minister.
“We have to revisit the policies in order to provide new opportunities for community livelihood, carbon trading, payment for ecosystem services, biological prospecting, and ecological tourism development,” he added.
He said PRYNSA 18 theme’s “Biodiversity Research for National Youth Development” was timely as the world is now facing global challenges of biodiversity loss.
“The involvement of our youth in biodiversity research is a key measure to (empower them in) natural resource management (towards becoming) competent leaders in shaping the future of the country’s social well being, environmental stability and economic growth,” said the minister.
The Brunei Times