KUCHING: The BIMP-EAGA region has been recognised as the most ‘mega diverse’ sub-region in the world due to its rich biodiversity, especially its tropical rainforests and coral reef.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Phillipines-East Asia Growth Area.

The recognition was given by the ministers responsible for the region at the BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Conference on the Heart of Borneo and Coral Reefs in Temburong, Brunei yesterday.

Read more: BIMP-EAGA region gets recognition as most mega diverse sub-region



Bandar Seri Begawan - The establishment of Brunei's national council on climate change was with the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) confirmed on Saturday.

The council or its activities is virtually non-existent in local media reports, and its establishment was only mentioned once last year in a draft based on the outcomes of discussions held during an MIPR-organised workshop in April 2010. However, the draft did not divulge any further details on the council or the exact date it was established.

Read more: National Council On Climate Change Set Up With His Majesty's Consent


Borneo Bulletin's Deputy Editor, James Kon, walked into the office one day with two pieces of A4-sized paper in his hand and said: "I need two people to go to Temburong with HSBC for a 'Climate Camp'. Who wants to go?"

We immediately signed up for the assignment, as we were sure that it would be an experience of epic proportions. We were right.

HSBC staff, including the bank's Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Lim Boon Teck, were among those who signed up for the trip to Kuala Belalong Field Study Centre on October 2.

According to Boon Teck, it was the third time that HSBC has organised such a trip. A large number of HSBC staff from all over the country expressed their interest in the trip, as they were keen to learn more about the Climate Change Partnership with CTFS and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), as well as its collaboration with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

Read more: HSBC raises awareness on Green issues with 'Climate Camp'


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