BIMP-EAGA officials and government officials involved in the meeting posing for a group photo. Image: JASTRe

The Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) under the Ministry of Development (MoD) recently hosted the 8th Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Environment Cluster Meeting.

Held at the Badi’ah Hotel in Jalan Tutong, the meeting was chaired by Assistant Secretary and Deputy Head of Delegation of Philippines-EAGA Environment Cluster, Department of environment and Natural Resources Region XI – Ruth M Tawantawan.

This year’s meeting was preceded by a two-day workshop on the Green City Action Plan (GCAP), equipping participants with the knowledge and understanding to develop plans for their respective cities.

The 8th BIMP-EAGA Environment Cluster Meeting supported the motion that the next city nominated to receive assistance in their GCAP development is General Santos, Philippines.

The meeting also endorsed the nomination of Klias Peninsula as the 8th RAMSAR Site Malaysia under the Ramsar convention, an inter-government environmental treaty established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

It also celebrated the successful publication of the Guidelines for Sustainable Eco-tourism, Agriculture and Fishing Practices. Malaysia’s achievement in developing an environmental education module and board games on Marine Environment for Sabah Communities was also acknowledged.

Besides BIMP-EAGA delegations, the event was also attended by officials from other ministries including Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Transportation and Info-Communications.

BIMP-EAGA is a trade bloc formed in March 1994 aimed at increasing trade, tourism and investment within its member countries.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
The Bruneian

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