Humans main threat to Brunei’s biodiversity

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TEMBURONG

THE threat to Brunei’s biodiversity is mostly anthropogenic or as a result of human activities, said the director of the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER), a research institute of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

He cited the unsustainable level of harvesting of some species of plants and also to a certain degree, poaching as human actions which could inflict damage to nature. However, Brunei is still a treasure trove for researchers thanks to the strict rules on conservation of biodiversity and forest preservation imposed by the government.

Associate Professor Dr Kushan Tennakoon said this in an interview with The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment’s (iCUBE) governing board members visit to Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre. The governing board members also planted a gaharu tree sapling (Aquilaria malaccensis) to commemorate their visit to the centre yesterday.

The Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) based in the Temburong district is a core research focus and premier facility of IBER.

iCUBE was created based on one of the strengths and niche areas of UBD which is biodiversity and environmental sciences, said Dr Kushan.

“KBFSC is one of the key strengths that drive iCUBE forward, this is because consortium partners can complement their research capabilities to execute multi-disciplinary research using our natural laboratory (forests),” he said. One of IBER’s flagship researches revolves around the forest dynamic plots networks nationwide, including in Kuala Belalong.

The Brunei Times