BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei Darussalam has been actively engaging stakeholders on the road towards green and sustainable mining activities.
Through new guidelines about to be introduced in the country, critical perimeters on green and sustainable operations will be put in place in pre-, during and post-mining activities.
The new mining guidelines were revealed on Monday by Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development Dr Nor Imtihan Abdul Razak, while officiating a two-day webinar session, ‘Efficient Green Mining Technology and Practices for Sustainable Mineral Resource Development in Asean’.
Dr Nor Imtihan said in her address, “I am delighted to learn that this event is a huge part of the Asean Mineral Cooperation Action Plan (AMCAP), which aims at contributing largely to the enhancement of knowledge and experience sharing in the field of green and sustainable mining activities, particularly for the benefit of the region and international arena.”
She added, “The Asean member states, through Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM), have been actively involved in achieving the Asean Minerals Action Plan (AMCAP), which is a five-year plan that constitutes the goals that all the Asean member states aspire to jointly achieve within the mineral sector.
“We should congratulate ourselves, the Asean member states, to have achieved a lot since the formation of ASOMM and to have continued cooperation between countries in achieving the same goals.
“This year marks the starting point of the new AMCAP Phase 2 (2021 – 2025), whereby from my understanding, the zero draft of action plans is in smooth development. I am also made aware of the efforts made under the Strengthening Asean Cooperation in Mineral study led by the University of Queensland, which focusses on the Development Prospects for the Asean Minerals Cooperation and Scoping Study of the Asean Minerals Database and Information System.
“I believe that the webinar will deliver an additional element of green approaches of mining ventures from the perspective of international and regional best practices, in the support of climate change initiatives.
“The two-day course is a good platform for delegates from Brunei Darussalam and the Asean region to share and discuss the latest initiatives on current mining operations, issues and challenges respective to their nation, besides learning and establishing networking capacities from experts and different counterparts towards mutual benefits.
“Asean remains committed to a green, inclusive and sustainable growth; and to play our part, sustainable and green mining is our main target.
“Asean has been and still committed to improving its external engagements both in terms of technical, as well as policy networking and cooperation.
"As highlighted earlier, such engagement involves cultivation of relationships, not just with governments and international organisations, but more importantly private entities. Asean understands that working together as a whole will make for a much better progress and prowess.”
Organised by Brunei Darussalam under the AMCAP programme for the ASOMM, the webinar is being held both physically and virtually, at the International Convention Centre (ICC). It is funded by the Asean Plus Three Cooperation Fund (APTCF).
The webinar, which end on Tuesday, is attended by representatives and participants from Asean member countries; Asean +3 (China, Japan, Korea); the Asean Secretariat; international organisations such as CAMCF, JOGMEC and CCOP; and participants from ministries, academics and mining companies. - Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network