Brunei commits to cap agricultural land use at 1 percent

Brunei's Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Dato Pehin Yahya Bakar, delivers a speech during the Forests Asia Summit 2014 at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Brunei's Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Dato Pehin Yahya Bakar, delivers a speech during the Forests Asia Summit 2014 at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Brunei Darussalam will limit its agricultural land use to one percent, a government minister pledged this week, saying that the tiny country on the island of Borneo has “strong political will” to conserve its forests.

Brunei is about the size of Bangkok, but three-quarters of its land area is covered in forest, most of which sits within the Heart of Borneo, a 22-million-hectare landscape with vast tracts of high-conservation-value forest.

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