Ocean Week Brunei starts on Friday

The first Ocean Week Brunei, featuring youth-focused activities aimed at inspiring the next generation to protect the country’s ocean resources, kicks off on Friday.

The programme, which ends on June 9, aims to promote a deep understanding of marine issues among young people.

It includes a youth interest forum and hands-on activities such as making reef balls and learning how to plant coral.

On June 1, a half-day course will take place in which young people will learn how to make reef balls.

On June 2, participants can witness the deployment of reef balls and learn how to plant coral and snorkel at Pelong Rock during the Reef Ball Discovery course.

The Future Ocean Changemakers Forum will be held on June 3 at Laksamana College of Business (LCB), the education partner of Ocean Week Brunei.

In youth-focused panel discussions, local and international conservation experts will share insights on how to achieve sustainable change and positive impact.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Photos show students involved in ocean conservation activities. PHOTO: PONI DIVERS

Speakers include Poni Foundation founder Mohd Tahsin Wong Abdullah, Philippine Lalakbayin Ecoventures founder Mark Joseph Laceste, Green Brunei co-founder Khairunnisa Ash’ari and Aimi Ramlee of Tyne Solutions.

Participants can also connect to the forum remotely via video conferencing. The event will be streamed live on social media.

Meanwhile, the Youth Ocean Ambassadors Program is also being launched. The program aims to nurture young leaders in the field of marine conservation.

Selected ambassadors will receive mentorship to lead community projects, led by the Poni Foundation. The program underlines Brunei’s commitment to investing in youth as crucial agents of change.

By focusing on education, engagement and empowerment, Ocean Week Brunei aims to ensure that the country’s youth are well prepared to tackle future environmental challenges and contribute to the sustainability of Brunei’s marine ecosystems.

All events during Ocean Week Brunei are free and sponsored by Baiduri Bank, Australian High Commission for Brunei Darussalam, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Progresif Sdn Bhd, Tyne Solutions, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, Armada Housing and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd .

Ocean Week Brunei is organized by Poni Foundation and Poni Divers, in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and supported by Asia Inc Forum, Curious Mind, Brunei Tourism and the Reef Ball Foundation. Media partners include Borneo Bulletin, Media Permata, Kristal FM, Radio Television Brunei and Biz Brunei with diving club partner RAID and education partner LCB.

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