A HEALTHY environment facilitates the advancing of economies, enables the social wellbeing of the community, and provides a system which promotes sustainable economic growth and better resource utilisation.

This was highlighted by Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, in his speech during the World Environment Day (WED) celebrations held yesterday at The Collective Makerspace in Batu Bersurat.

The WED celebration was organised by the High Commission of Canada in Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with BruWILD and The Collective Makerspace.

According to Dr Haji Abdul Manaf, the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam prioritises the protection and conservation of the country’s natural resources in a bid to increase its contribution to the national economy. He said that the initiatives complement the principles of sustainable development and are in line with the development strategies of Brunei Vision 2035.

“Our national environment initiatives also support the strategies under the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Specifically, our environment programmes support the majority of the sustainable goals, such as food production, good health and wellbeing, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation, sustainable cities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life on land and below water, and partnerships,” he continued.

He further stated that the government often seeks better management approaches in preserving the country’s pristine environment because Brunei Darussalam is also not spared from global environmental problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

“The active participation of Brunei Darussalam in international and regional initiatives like the United Nations Framework on Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative, and other relevant commitments signify the Government of His Majesty’s sincerity in protecting the natural environment within the principles of sustainable development,” the permanent secretary pinpointed.

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