1st July 2012 The Core, Universiti
The International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE), led by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), has launched the Bukit Pagon Expedition on Sunday, 1st July 2012 at the Core, UBD.
Present as the Guest of Honour for the ceremony is Yang Mulia Hajah Normah Suria Hayati binti Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Haji Awg Mohd Jamil al-Sufri, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
The opening ceremony includes a welcoming address by the Chair of the Organsing Committee, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti POKLWDSS HajI Awang Abdul Aziz. The ceremony also included an overview background of the expedition presented by Professor Dato Haji Mohamed bin Haji Abdul Majid, Head of the expedition.
This expedition is the very first undertaking of any systematic study of the Brunei's montane forests; an ecosystem that is anticipated to harbour high numbers of unique and endemic plants and animals. As part of Brunei's commitment towards biodiversity conservation efforts, the Brunei Government has declared 58 percent of our total land area to the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative and Project Implementation Framework, and by optimising the use of land and forest resources through research and development activities, protection, education and training.
The expedition will play a vital role by providing scientific data essential for making informed decisions with regards to the protection of biodiversity, conservation of natural resources and sustainable development. This study will generate crucial data to help the authorities manage the long-term protection and conservation of Bukit Pagon under the Brunei HoB initiative, and to highlight the endemism of flora and fauna at Bukit Pagon.
Participating in this expedition are scientists and graduate students representing several of the world's top universities from the iCUBE, and also from Yale University and Old Dominion University from the United States, in addition to colleagues from the Forestry Department. Also, the participation of several graduate students will ensure capacity building and training of the younger generation.
This expedition is once again a clear demonstration of the University's ability to bring together diverse resources from different Governmental agencies to impose impactful research through cooperative collaboration. The University would like to thank the following Governmental agencies and sponsors for their kind support and contribution: the Royal Brunei Air Force, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, Forestry Department, the Royal Brunei Police Force, Ministry of Health, Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd, Mc Quipp Technisell Marketing Sdn Bhd, Hanafi Konsaltan and last but not least Brunei Times Sdn Bhd as the media supporter.