Bandar Seri Begawan - The Brunei Darussalam Biology Association (PBioBD) held its general meeting to share with its members the association's activities and financial report, as well as to vote for the new council members for the term July 2012-June 2015.
The general meeting was then followed with a public lecture on 'Sungai Ingei Faunal Expedition' presented by UBD researcher Dr Ang Bee Biaw, who is also the coordinator for the Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BIOCOP) under the Brunei Nature Society and project administrator for the Brunei Heart of Borneo Sungai Ingei Faunal Biodiversity Expedition.
Among those in attendance were PBioBD's President, Associate Professor Dr Zohrah Hj Sulaiman, its council members and ordinary members, as well as members of the public.
According to Dr Ang, the Sungai Ingei Protected Forest, located in the Belait District, is the hotspot for fauna and flora biodiversity. She shared with the participants amazing pictures and videos on the journey in setting up the base camp with the help of local people from Kg Sukang and Kg Melilas.
The base camp enabled her and her fellow researchers, both locally and internationally renowned scientists, to stay in the Sungai Ingei Protected Forest and conduct research on the fauna and flora found there, she added.
Dr Ang also shared with the participants some beautiful pictures of some of the fauna found in Sungei Ingei Protected Forest, which include bats, mammals, fishes, spiders and many more, some of which were even newly discovered species.
Before she ended her lecture, Dr Ang also thanked the relevant government agencies especially the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and UBD, as well as non-government agencies, for their continuous support.
Dr Ang expressed hope that, given the great number of fauna and flora biodiversity found in the protected forest, it will one day be upgraded to become a wildlife sanctuary