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.
“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.” — The Brunei Times