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Country Report 2012 of Brunei Darussalam

 

  Country Report 2012 

FORESTRY DEPARTMENT of BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

 

Regarding to the 6th ASFN Annual Meeting in Cambodia on 14-15 June 2012, each ASEAN Member State informed the Meeting on each status and development on Social Forestry in each respective country. Brunei Darussalam in the precious opportunity has delivered and presented its Country Report 2012.

Here is the Country Report 2012 of Brunei Darussalam.

[I] ASFN Leader and National Focal Point

 

1] ASFN LEADER:

NAME   :  HJ SAIDIN SALLEH
                 DIRECTOR OF FORESTRY
ADDRESS:  FORESTRY DEPARTMENT MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY & PRIMARY RESOURCES
                    JALAN MENTERI BESAR, BERAKAS , BB3910, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
CONTACT NO     :  +673 2 381687 (OFFICE) & +673 2 381012 (FAX)
EMAIL   :   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WEB       :  www.forestry.gov.bn


[2] ASFN NATIONAL FOCAL POINT:
NAME   :  MUHD SAFWAN ABDULLAH BIBI
                 SILVICULTURISTAMENITY & ECO-TOURISM DIVISION                           
ADDRESS:  FORESTRY DEPARTMENT MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY & PRIMARY RESOURCES
                    JALAN MENTERI BESAR, BERAKAS, BB3910, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
CONTACT NO     :  +673 2 382889 (OFFICE) &  +673 2 381012 (FAX)
EMAIL   :   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WEB       :  www.forestry.gov.bn

 

[II] UPDATES ON RELEVANT POLICY AND MAJOR ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED SINCE THE 5th ASFN MEETING

In general, the activities implemented related to Social Forestry are more on Forestry Extension Activities with the objective Generating Awareness and Sense of Love toward  Nature among The People.
The relevant Policy which governs The Social Forestry aspects in the Country is The “NATIONAL FORESTRY POLICY, 1989” - Strategies Actions Incorporated Into The Park and Recreational Forest Areas, Rehabilitation of Wasteland and Degraded Land, and Environment Protection Strategies.- 
Apart from The National Forestry Policy, The Forest Act,    Chapter 46, Laws Of Brunei (Amended 2007) And The 20 Years Forestry Strategic Plan (2004-2023), also provide relevant provisions for the Implementation of Social Forestry Programs in The Country – for example Under Heart Of Borneo Initiative: HOB National Council and Project Implementation Framework [PIF]

There are two Social Forestry Related Provisions under this Policy namely:-

  1. Section 2.6 (On Environment Forestry) “ To Foster Awareness And Appreciation Of Forests And Forestry Among The People And To Encourage Their Active Participation In Forest Conservation And Development Projects”.
  2. Section 3.8 (On Industrial Forestry) “ To Enlist Maximum Participation Of Citizens Of Brunei Darussalam In Forest Based And Related Enterprises”.

Current Status:  
National Forest Policy, 1989 – Being Revised ! Attune To Current Needs, Development & Challenges
Component Of Social Forestry – Strengthened
Implementation Of Forest Conservation Policy 
Continue to ensure forests are managed sustainably
Enforcement Of The Forestry Law
Incentivized Tree Planting Activities  Organized By Other Agencies

Annual Activities Under The World Forestry  Programmes:
       i.Ceremonial Launching;
      ii.Community-Based Mass Tree Planting;
     iii.Nature Camp And Forestry Excursion – Informal Environmental And Biodiversity Education;
     iv.Forestry To School;
      v.Socializing Forestry Through Sport Activities;
     vi.Princess Rashidah Young Nature Scientists Award [PRYNSA]


[III] CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

So far there are no major challenges faced in social forestry development. The general public has been very supportive in ensuring the successful implementation of social forestry related activities in the  country.
Schools, other government organizations, and non-government organization have proactively participated in the implementation of forestry related works /activities in the country.
Public awareness on environmental & forestry is high.
Insignificance dependence for subsistence livelihoods.
No conflict of land rights i.e. limited land area for agricultural land.
Maintaining the current high living standards and continuing population growth.
Incentives from REDD+, PES, etc.

 

[IV] PROPOSED NEW ACTIVITIES

The Following Cooperation Activities have been identified:-
         i.Working/ Study Visit.
        ii.Technical Assistance on Collaborative Forest Management.
       iii.To make Cooperative Agreement between ASEAN Member States.
       iv.Offer an Exchange Programmes of Officers/ Staffs within ASEAN or International relating to Social Forestry Development.
        v.To conduct Courses / Training relevant to Social Forestry Development.

 

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