Bandar Seri Begawan - The US government is keen to provide research and development assistance to Brunei in the areas of environmental protection, a report says.

"We are working to promote opportunities for cooperation in our research and development institutions," said US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M Campbell in an interview with Oxford Business Group's (OBG), which was published in The Report: Brunei Darussalam 2010, in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office. The report was launched on December 16.

Campbell was referring to areas that both governments could collaborate further apart from cooperation in health, agriculture, science, technology and education sectors.

Brunei and the US are members of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, along with seven other countries, aimed at creating a platform for economic integration across the Asia Pacific region.

Read more: US Offers Brunei Support In Environmental Protection Efforts


Bandar Seri Begawan - Developing nations, particularly those lying near the equator, will need to adapt to increasing higher temperatures as the impacts of climate change threaten their agricultural output, and in turn, food security.

A visiting professor from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) who spoke on the topic during the inaugural Farmers' and Fishermen's Day yesterday told The Brunei Times that such countries, the Sultanate among them, would need to look towards new technologies, even turning to genetically-modified crops, as well as ensuring free trade to overcome the effects of global warming on food security.

Read more: Climate Change Puts Food Security At Risk


Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei will increase its environmental drive by initiating a "No Plastic Weekend", expected to start in the first quarter of next year.

As a continuation of the country's first-ever "No Plastic Day" carried out in May this year, the environment-friendly initiative would be launched in stages, said the Minister of Development at the "Green Carnival 2010" yesterday.

Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi Haji Osman announced in his speech that the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (Jastre) had discussed with major superstores and shops in the country about the continuation of the campaign.

The drive is soliciting the support and cooperation of businesses, said the minister. Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said the environmental issues had become a universal problem and that the world was under constant threat of climate change. He said that Brunei was no exception. The minister cited a 2005 study by Jastre that Bruneians on average produce 1.4 kgs of waste a day.

Read more: 'No Plastic Weekend' Early Next Year Likely


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