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Brunei and the Convention of Biodiversity Conservation

May 6, 2008

Convention on Biological Diversity

Lets go green today and leave technology a bit. An online news that caught my eyes yesterday evening was that Brunei Darussalam has become the 191st member to the Convention on Biological Diversity. A report from the convention’s website states that “Montreal 1 May -2008. Brunei Darussalam, one of the richest countries in term of biological diversity and a partner to the Heart of Borneo Initiative has decided to join the Convention on Biological Diversity. Brunei Darussalam deposited its instrument of accession on 28 April 2008 and will become the 191st Party to the Convention on 27 July 2008.

Brunei joins the convention prior to the ninth meeting of the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity to be held in Bonn, Germany from 19 to 30 May. The conference is expected to attract more than 5,000 participants, including over 100 ministers and a number of heads of State.”

I was a bit surprised to read further down the article that USA has not joined the convention. Anyway, I sincerely hope that Brunei will benefit from this convention. What Brunei lack at the moment are human resources or specialists in the field of biodiversity. As far as I can recall, there is only a handful of them working within a unit of a department and we don’t even have a dedicated department to tackle wildlife or biodiversity issues. The education syllabus should also include Environment as a subject up to ‘A’-levels.

Maybe it’s high time now for the creation of such department. Another thing I noticed is the rather odd placing of the Environment and Parks Department which is under the Ministry of Development and the Museums Department under the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports. I think these two departments as well as the new wildlife or biodiversity department should be under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. Yes?

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