Brunei joins efforts to conserve forests, ecosystems

  • Brunei
  • Thursday, 04 Nov 2021

Britain's Prince Charles speaking at a session on Action on Forests and Land Use during the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow. - AP

BRUNEI (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Brunei along with more than 110 countries endorsed the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use at the 26th Session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26).

By endorsing the declaration, Brunei has joined in the effort to, among others, conserve forests and other terrestrial ecosystems, facilitate trade and development policies that do not drive deforestation and land degradation, reduce vulnerability, build resilience and enhance rural livelihoods, implement sustainable agriculture, and accelerate the transition to an economy that is resilient and advances forest, sustainable land use, biodiversity and climate goals.

The United Kingdom as host and president of the COP26 officiated the event with a two-day World Leaders Summit attended by over 120 world leaders.

As part of the summit, a Forests and Land Use Event (FLU) was held on Nov 2, aimed at re-affirming collective commitments to preserve forests and reverse deforestation.

The event was opened with remarks by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Colombia President Ivan Duque Marquez, and Indonesia President Joko Widodo. The event was also graced by Prince Charles.

Brunei has forest coverage of 72 per cent, with a capacity to absorb about 13.9 MtCO2e of carbon emissions annually.

The sultanate will continue to preserve its pristine rainforests by increasing the forest reserves from 41 to 55 per cent of the total land area, and seek to increase the country’s carbon sink further through planting 500,000 new trees by 2035.

Representing the government of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at the World Leaders Summit event was Minister of Foreign Affairs II Awang Erywan Mohd Yusof as representative of Asean chair for 2021, and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy Azhar Yahya, as Brunei’s executive committee chair on climate change.

In the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, world leaders emphasised the critical and interdependent roles of all types of forests, biodiversity and sustainable land use in enabling the world to meet its sustainable development goals; to help achieve a balance between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removal by sinks; to adapt to climate change; and to maintain other ecosystem services.

They also re-affirmed their commitments, collective and individual, to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the Sustainable Development Goals; and other initiatives.

The summit also saw leaders committing to working collectively in halting and reversing forest loss and land degradation by 2030, while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation.

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