Brunei Darussalam

BRUNEI CELEBRATES WORLD FORESTRY DAY 2011

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The year 2011 has been declared as International Year of Forests by the United Nations with the theme Forests for People. The objective is to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. In short, Brunei Darussalam is committed to offset global forest loss.

The International Year of Biodiversity was celebrated last year by the world communities mainly aimed to enhance the awareness of the importance of biodiversity to the world habitats and give continuous inspiration to international conservation initiatives and strategies. Brunei Darussalam is one of the fortunate countries in the world that has been set its national forest policy well ahead of the global agenda. Brunei is presently one of the top ten forested nations in the world and it is committed to supporting the world’s initiative towards a better living on this planet.

Brunei Celebrates World Forestry Day | 60,000th tree to be planted on Friday | Gazetting of Peat Swamps | ‘Development will not come at expense of environment’ | Prayers to mark World Forestry Day | Mass Planting Tree To Mark Forestry Day

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Ken Marnoch (L), MD of Brunei Shell Petroleum shares a lighter moment with Edwin Lau (C), Executive Director of PTAS & Brunei Tourism, Sheikh Jamaluddin before arrival of the Guest of Honour.
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Guest of Honour, Pehin Dato Haji Yahya, Minister of Industrial and Primary Resources greets invited guests from the various diplomatic missions in Brunei.
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Guest of Honour, Minister of MIPR greets Brunei Shell Petroleum new MD, Ken Marnoch
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Guest of Honour, Minister of MIPR greets PTAS Executive Director, Edwin Lau.
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A Special Issue Forestry Magazine "Forests for People" which contains a wealth of background information that creates and promotes awareness of Brunei's role and commitment to manage, conserve and sustainably develop its forests. Also includes five best "Forests for People" essays from secondary students.

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Dyg Fatin Nabilah Bte Othman, a prize recipient of World Forestry Day 2011 Essay Competition from Sekolah Ugama Arab Menegah Perempuan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit, holds a copy of special issue Forestry Magazine while listening to the Director of Forestry's opening remarks.
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Guest of Honour (R), Pehin Dato Awang Haji Yahya officially launches World Forestry Day 2011 while Haji Saidin, Director of Forestry looks on.

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Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Dato Hj Yahya (R) launching a publication on sustainable forestry in Brunei, while Director of Forestry Hj Saidin Salleh looks on.
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My son, Jamie, receiving a prize from the Guest of Honour for his "Forests for People" essay (Essay No. 2)

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“In an interview with The Brunei Times, Director of Forestry Department Hj Saidin Salleh said that to date, a total of 59,999 trees had been planted in Kg Benutan Forest Reserve in the past two World Forestry Day celebrations, that garnered the involvement of students. Hj Saidin added that the last seedling should be planted during the mass planting ceremony on Friday, as part of activities lined up for the annual celebration this year.” β€” The Brunei Times

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The 60,000th tree seedling was received by Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.
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Posing with the publication on sustainable forestry are Cheong Poh Lian, Principal of Chung Ching Middle School, Jamie, Thomas Chan, CCMS school teacher and me. Thank you Wan, photographer for Forestry Department for this memorable photo.

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