The impacts of climate change have already seen increased levels of global warming resulting in changes to biodiversity ecosystems along with disruptions in weather cycles. If we do not address these matters now, our future generations will inevitably inherit the long-term impacts created by today’s climate change.
With that in mind, BSP has focused on raising awareness on global warming and climate change to our Youth as our key stakeholder who will inherit and carry on our efforts to preserve the environment. BSP recognises the importance of preserving Brunei Darussalam’s pristine wealth in biodiversity and has contributed towards the growth of efforts in research and eco-tourism. Despite its small land area, Brunei Darussalam is home to at least six thousand species of vascular plants and 644 amphibians, birds, and reptile species comprising endemic and threatened species. BSP continues to channel investment into local biodiversity research to preserve Brunei’s wealth and conservation advocacies for both local and international audiences.
To fuel Brunei Darussalam’s future, it is imperative to equip students as leaders of tomorrow by developing their skills in research, communications, collaboration and leadership.
BSP is a proud supporter to the student-led Model United Nations style conference. This year, the theme for the 17th ISB BGIC is the Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman launched the 17th ISB BGIC at the International Convention Centre (ICC).
The Badas Tree Planting 2021 project is a research project and a citizen-science reforestation project at the Badas Peat Swamp area in Belait, specifically of the Shorea Albida saplings or locally known as Kayu Alan. The project is a collaboration between BSP, the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Research of UBD, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), and Forestry Department of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
The Badas Peat Swamp Forest is the largest peat dome in Brunei Darussalam. In the “Adopt-A-Tree” programme, the volunteers comprising BSP employees, UBD students and team members from Forestry Department and the Brunei National Climate Change Secretariat, commit their time and effort in maintaining and updating the growth and health status of the saplings for a course of one year at the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th month after planting.
Amongst the key objectives of this project is to share knowledge on the importance of peat swamp forests and the threats faced, including forest fires, and what the public and local community can do to help protect these forests. The Badas Tree Planting 2021 supports Strategy 2 of the Brunei Darussalam’s National Climate Change Policy on afforestation and reforestation.