Green Leaders Camp for youth

Green Leaders Camp for youth

Green Brunei News
ANOTHER round of the Green Leaders Camp organised by Green Brunei will be held for 18-to-25-year-olds this September. This is the fourth camp of its kind since its inception in 2014. Green Brunei’s president Khairunnisa Ash’ari said 35 youths are expected to participate in the camp in mid-September. She said the camp will enable participants to understand more about environmental issues in Brunei through talks, discussions and field trips. Agriculture has been chosen as the camp’s theme following recent news reports saying local farmers are not aware of the impact of climate change on agriculture. “Participants are expected to have a better understanding about the many issues and environmental challenges in this country. Through dialogues with non-government organisations, participants are expected to develop a stronger interest in taking part in…
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NGOs seek to learn best green practices at rainforest meet

NGOs seek to learn best green practices at rainforest meet

Green Brunei News
LOCAL non-governmental organisations are looking to adopt the best green practices from other international and local environmentalists when Brunei plays host to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit that starts tomorrow. Green Brunei President Khairunnisa Ash’ari said she would be interested to learn about other countries’ green initiatives. “(In particular) the challenges they are facing with development projects and other issues, policies they have introduced to tackle this as well as success stories in relation to adopting green economy practices. “From a non-government perspective, we would also want to know how different stakeholders play a role in other countries if there are things we can learn from their experiences,” she added in a recent interview. The three-day summit, organised by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism with support from the Australian…
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Green Brunei to hold youth climate camp

Green Brunei to hold youth climate camp

Green Brunei News
GREEN Brunei will be organising a Climate Camp for students on various sustainability issues and to highlight the reality of climate change. The non-governmental organisation’s president, Khairunnisa Ash’ari, said the camp will run from August 19-21 at the Sumbiling Eco Village in Temburong with students aged 14-18 from Yayasan Secondary School and Jerudong International School taking part. She said the students will participate in fun and exciting activities in local jungles and around rivers. “The Climate Camp offers an opportunity to gain a better understanding about the importance of addressing climate change issues and to learn more about environmental situations in Brunei,” she said. Khairunnisa said she hoped students will appreciate the value of the country’s natural resources and at the same time enjoy the serenity of Temburong and get…
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Bruneian joins youth camp in Boracay

Bruneian joins youth camp in Boracay

Green Brunei News
A BRUNEIAN environment proponent earlier this month took part in the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp in the Philippines. The US Embassy here had nominated Firdaus Ismail to attend the international environmental camp at Aklan, Boracay Island. During the camp from June 6-12, Firdaus joined 25 other youth leaders from the Philippines for an intensive environmental education and leadership training programme that saw participants engaging in panel discussions, outdoor activities and workshops. The participants also learned about mass tourism and unsustainable development that could threaten the oceans. “The region produces 55 tonnes of waste per day and that’s not much different in Brunei with 1.4kg per capita and other parts of ASEAN”, Firdaus was quoted as saying in a press release. “During a…
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Green Brunei seeks funding options

Green Brunei seeks funding options

Green Brunei News
GREEN Brunei is looking into the possibility of getting alternative sources of funding, such as securing annual grants for more effective and worry-free activities. Green Brunei president Khairunnisa Ash’ari told The Brunei Times recently that the alternatives would replace their present efforts of sourcing for funds on a project to project basis. “We face financial challenges. Although our projects have mostly been funded by generous sponsors, we feel too much time had been spent on seeking sponsorship instead of focusing on the real issues,” she said. Discussions on suitable alternatives have already started among their core team members, said the environmental advocate. “It will take time given our respective responsibilities outside of Green Brunei but I’m looking at within two or three years before we can see significant changes. In…
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‘Efficient waste management vital to avoid future problems’

‘Efficient waste management vital to avoid future problems’

Green Brunei News
LOCAL environmental organisation Green Brunei is calling on all relevant agencies to zero in on waste management issues in light of the growing population and housing areas in the country. Green Brunei President Khairunnisa Ash’ari told The Brunei Times it is imperative to look even more closely on managing waste which can be tied to recycling, so that the country’s waste management system will run more efficiently in the long run. “Waste management can potentially be a bigger problem in the future if not tackled effectively today. We often read about illegal dumping issues, water pollution and open burning in the media and these are all part and parcel of waste management,” she said. Khairunnisa said there are many success stories which Brunei can learn from with regards to tackling…
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Youth activists get honorary medals for leadership

Youth activists get honorary medals for leadership

Green Brunei News
TWO youth activists were awarded the Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (PIKB) or Excellent Service Medal by His Majesty’s government yesterday for their leadership and contribution to youth issues. Khairunnisa Ash’ari, 28, and Iswandy Ahmad, 31, were recognised for their advocacy in environmental issues and HIV/AIDS awareness respectively, making them among the youngest recipients to receive the PIKB medal. HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, presented the duo with the honorary medals during a ceremony at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday. “It’s pretty exciting. Honestly I did not expect to get it. I’ve always assumed it was for government servants,” said Khairunnisa, who founded the environmental NGO, Green Brunei, in 2012. “It’s quite empowering being acknowledged as youth volunteers.” She said she…
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Green Brunei to host HoB seminar

Green Brunei to host HoB seminar

Green Brunei News
THE president of Green Brunei said the non-government organisation will be organising a Heart of Borneo Youth Seminar to bring together youth participants from the region to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Heart of Borneo initiative to promote sustainable development. The seminar, organised in partnership with the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, will be held from July 8 to 10. Green Brunei president Khairunnisa Ash’ari told The Brunei Times that climate change will be one of the core topics in the seminar. “The seminar will provide a platform for youth from Brunei and around the region to learn and share their ideas with fellow participants on, not just the issue of conservation, but also how Heart of Borneo (HoB) can contribute towards national development including identifying economic…
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Kg Ayer’s long drawn battle with rubbish

Kg Ayer’s long drawn battle with rubbish

Green Brunei News
DESPITE many cleaning campaigns conducted by government and non- government agencies as well as the Kampong Ayer residents, floating rubbish still remains an eyesore at Brunei’s iconic water village. A senior citizen from Kg Saba Darat B, Hj Matassan Kassim, reminisced the good old days when plastic bottles and plastic bags did not litter the waters. “We used to always swim in the water as that was our method of taking a bath. We never had showers in our toilets. In the 1950s, there were only be glass bottles (and nobody threw them out as) we would take the initiative to collect and sell to local companies for extra income,” the 80-year-old said. “It wasn’t until the 1980s when rubbish comprising mostly plastic bags and bottles really started showing on…
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Businesses mull over charging for plastic bag use

Businesses mull over charging for plastic bag use

Green Brunei News
CHARGING shoppers for using plastic bags is seen as an unfeasible option for commercial establishments to take. In an interview with The Brunei Times, Martinah Hj Tamit, head of the Environmental Planning and Management Division under the Ministry of Development said that charging the use of plastic bags to customers will not deter Bruneians from continuing its usage. “For example, if we charge 20 cents per bag, Bruneians will still be willing to pay for the plastic bags and use them when they shop,” she said. This, she added, will result with only a limited impact towards ‘reducing waste generation in Brunei’ and ‘does not serve the purpose of reducing the amount of plastic bags or plastic waste in Brunei.’ She went on to say that however she was not…
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