Brunei launches book on native plants

Friday, April 12, 2013

A DOCUMENTATION of plants particular to Brunei was launched yesterday in a ceremony at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

The book entitled, 'The Flowering Plants Endemic to Brunei Darussalam 2012', is the first discussion of its kind to be published into a book with about 65 endemic flowering plants, among them 35 herbs.

The book is an important asset to the nation said the Director of Forestry, Hj Saidin Salleh, who was also the chairman of the event.

He said that having endemic plants would be a pull-factor for both researchers and enthusiasts to visit the country which would benefit the nation socially, economically and also in terms of education.

"The Island of Borneo and Brunei Darussalam has always been known as a diversity hotspot amongst the international community from a conservation point of view as well as for in-depth research.

"This research has so far found 65 flowering endemic plants, and this is just under the flowering category, not including those that are non-flowering proving the biological diversity of the country."

The director also added that it would be a valuable piece of reference for capacity building.

"Besides discovering these endemic species, this cooperation can also train and heighten experiences and our expertise especially with the Forestry Department that are involved in research work in the forests and this has value for us," he said.

"This will also increase reading materials and references for our academics and researchers, especially our local and international university students.".

The event began with a recital of the Surah Al-Fatihah and a recitation of selected verses of Al-Quran in relation to the environment.

This was followed with the book launch by Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.The Brunei Times