Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Development and Singapore’s Ministry of Sustainable Development and Environment yesterday adopted a revised Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation in environmental affairs and climate change, following a ceremonial signing during the 15th Annual Brunei-Singapore Environmental Visitor Exchange (BSAEV) in Singapore.
The MoU outlines both parties’ commitment to broaden cooperation to include climate change as part of efforts to continue progress and deepen cooperation on sustainability and environmental protection.
Development Minister Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid signed the MoU with Singaporean Minister for Sustainable Development and Environment Grace Fu.
The ministers noted the steady progress of existing projects and programs of both sides in the areas of solid waste management, air quality management, water resources management, environmental programs for youth and climate change.
They endorsed continued efforts in solid waste management, including Brunei Darussalam’s latest initiative to install a surveillance camera system to monitor illegal dumping hotspots, improvements to the river cleanup initiative Brunei and the National Beach Cleanup Initiative to establish baseline data on debris washed up on coastal areas; and Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, its forthcoming TuasOne waste-to-energy plant and integrated waste management facility.
On the air quality management front, the two exchanged information on monitoring and management measures, including the recently launched electric vehicle pilot project in Brunei.
The ministers noted the efforts made in environmental programs and activities for youth, such as the Sultanate’s campaign for World Environment Day and Singapore’s Youth for Environmental Sustainability (YES) programme.
Regarding water resources management, the two sides exchanged updates on new measures such as the implementation of SMART projects for flood management in Brunei and the deployment of one of the largest Indoor floating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at Tengeh Reservoir in Singapore.
On climate change, Singapore reaffirmed its support for Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN initiatives, in particular the ASEAN Center for Climate Change and ASEAN Youth on Climate Action (ASEANyouCAN).
The inaugural ASEANyouCAN Dialogue involving all ASEAN Member States was conducted in conjunction with the ASEAN Environment Ministerial Meeting in October 2021, with ASEANyouCAN Youth Delegates releasing Bandar Seri Begawan’s Youth Statement for Climate Action, which highlighted the concerns and recommendations of ASEAN youth to strengthen regional climate action.
The two ministers reiterated the importance of combating climate change and agreed that the two parties should enhance their collaboration through technical exchanges on climate change related topics such as climate science, adaptation climate and coastal protection.
Ministers also agreed to strengthen collaboration in water resources management, such as integrated water quality management and warning system. This involves a water quality policy framework as well as flood control management, including drainage policy and enforcement strategy for climate change adaptation.
The two countries reiterated their commitment to cooperate with other ASEAN member states to advance regional environmental interests in order to achieve sustainable development and provide a healthy and clean living environment for the people despite the unprecedented situation. of COVID-19.
Brunei Darussalam will host the 16th BSAEV in 2023.
The Brunei delegation included the Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) in the Ministry of Development, Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, and officials from the Department of Public Works and the Department of Environment, Parks and of recreation, while the Singapore delegation included the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Environment Stanley Loh and officials from the National Environment Agency and the National Water Agency of Singapore .