500 trees planted in Hengyi 3rd Reforestation Project

Berakas Forest Reserve, 10th September 2020 – Hengyi Industries Sendirian Berhad (Hengyi) conducted its 3 rd reforestation project at the Berakas Forest Reserve, Biodiversity Park as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative in the protection and preservation of Brunei’s biodiversity and natural environment.

During the tree planting programme, over 80 participants which consisted of Hengyi’s staff, and volunteers from Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), The Forestry Department, Brunei’s Beach Bunch, Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan (Rotary Club BSB), UBD Discovery Year Students under Green Brunei, and members of RPN Serasa and Serasa Village Consultative Council (MPK RPN Serasa & Kg. Serasa) successfully planted 500 tree saplings across 0.5 hectares of land.

Nine (9) different types of tree species were planted during the event namely; Kapur Paji, Selangan Daun Tebal, Binchaloi, Meranti Putih Timbul, Kapur Bukit, Sarang Punai Bukit, Sarang Punai, Sepetir and Merawan Ribu. As the Berakas Forest Reserve’s soil is known to be sandy, the chosen tree species are known to have a higher survival rate in sandstone and sandy soils.

The tree species also provides various benefits such as minimising soil erosion occurrence, increasing the biodiversity of the area, and offering educational purposes for the Dipterocarpaceae family. The reforestation project also aims to help reverse the declining forest cover in the Berakas Forest Reserve as the area had been severely affected by forest fires.

Since the inception of the Reforestation Project in May 2019, a total of 2000 tree saplings had been planted across 2 hectares of land. Hengyi has also taken steps for the care and maintenance of all the planted tree saplings to ensure their continued survival and growth.

Hengyi launched the reforestation project with an uncompromising pledge to plant trees covering a total land area of two hundred (200) hectares in support of Brunei Darussalam's commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Programme (REDD+).

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