Brunei minister lauds environmental protection order

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Under the Environmental Protection and Management Order 2016, all developers who intend to carry out scheduled activities must apply for a written notification before commencement of the activity and this also include the aquaculture sector.

The written notice shall be accompanied by the detailed information as specified in Schedule 2 under the order, including the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report which outlines preventive measures, mitigation and repair of negative effects on the environment in the project.

The importance of Environmental Protection and Management Order, 2016 was lauded by YB Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development yesterday in his response to the question of environment impact assessment in ensuring marine ecosystem is not affected as fisheries is one of the sector for food security.

As a monitoring step, the minister said, "The developer must comply with the waste management guidelines to avoid environmental pollution. In preparing the Environmental Impact Report for fisheries projects, the baseline preparation for water quality is needed to be carried out to understand the quality level of water in the area before the project is implemented."

When implemented, he added, "Continuous monitoring should be made by the developer to ensure that it is not polluting to the environment according to the standard and guideline set by Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe). The department will also look at the level of compliance in the activities."

The minister expressed "Insya Allah, should the developer comply with the guidelines and standards set in the Environmental Impact Assessment as well as Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan, our marine ecosystem or the rivers in Brunei Darussalam, can be preserved for future generations."