Roadshow touts wildlife awareness

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TUTONG

MORE than 100 students from three schools in Tutong district were briefed on wildlife protection yesterday at Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School.

The roadshow was one of several being organised by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism through its Wildlife Division in collaboration with Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd (BMC) in promoting protection of wildlife to the public, especially the young generation.

The collaboration has been ongoing since 2013, and this year, the wildlife awareness roadshow will cover seven secondary schools across Tutong district which will be divided into two phases.

The first phase, which began yesterday, saw the Wildlife Division discuss its role and function as well as the division’s National Sea Turtle Management and Conservation Programme.

The roadshow carries the theme ‘Love and Care for Our Nation’s Wildlife’ in line with the theme for World Wildlife Day 2016 - ‘The Future of Wildlife Is In Our Hands’.

During the event, BMC’s Deputy CEO Daud Hj Jais said the programme is part of the company’s responsibility in supporting the ministry’s vision in promoting eco-tourism in the sultanate as well as increasing public awareness on the importance of preserving the environment.

He said sharing information on this matter is important particularly for the young generation so they can share it with their family and friends.

“I hope this roadshow meets its objective in creating a mindset toward wildlife preservation,” said Daud.

The event continued with slideshows by officials from the Wildlife Division as well as associate members of the non-governmental organisation the Biodiversity and Natural History Society (BruWILD).

In the presentation, the Wildlife Division shared information on legislation and enforcement while BruWILD highlighted the issue of animal extinction in Borneo.

Present as the guest of honour was the Penghulu of Mukim Telisai, Yang Berhormat Hj Ramli Hj Lahit. Also attending was the acting chairman of the Tutong Municipal Board, Shahminan Hj Tengah.

The guest of honour along with the students also had a chance to view a mini exhibition displayed by the Wildlife Division, Eco-Tourism Department, Kiudang Eco-Village, diving company Oceanic Quest, tour operators and BruWILD.

The collaboration between the Wildlife Department and BMC is expected to continue for the next two years with the aim of achieving awareness at every secondary school in Brunei Darussalam.

The Brunei Times