Brunei — Eighteen percent of Brunei’s forest are peat swamps, most of which can be found in the Belait District. The natural vegetation of the peat lands is peat swamp forest, which is still very much intact in Brunei. A Public Lecture on Tropical Peat Land and their Environmental Importance was held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UBD, this afternoon.
The talk which focused specifically on the tropical peat lands of Southeast Asia was given by Dr Susan Page from the Department of Geography, University of Leicester, United Kingdom. According to Dr Susan Page, deforestation, drainage and an increasing incidence of fire are contributing to the loss and degradation of the habitat, resulting in a severely compromised bio-diversity, large atmospheric greenhouse gas, GHG emissions, regional pollution events and an increased incidence of flooding. Present, Deputy Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Dato Paduka Haji Hamdillah, British High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. Rob Fenn as well as other Brunei Government officials.