INSTITUTE FOR BIODIVERSITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH (IBER)
To be a Centre of Excellence for Ecosystem Studies
Undertake Innovative Research, Education & Outreach Activities in Tropical Biodiversity and Environmental Studies for the Benefit of the Nation and the World in General
|Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research|
|Universiti Brunei Darussalam|
|Jalan Tungku Link Gadong, BE1410|
|Negara Brunei Darussalam|
|+673 2463001 (Ext 1376)|
Message from Director of IBER
The establishment of the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) highlights the importance accorded to biodiversity and environmental research by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The diversity of plants, animals and other life forms in the spectrum of biological habitats represented in Brunei Darussalam is sizeable, varied and comprises many unique features. Brunei Darussalam holds a wealth of natural richness. This is both a resource and heritage, which merits a special approach for its continued research, understanding and documentation, and presentation of its significant findings to conserve, specially protect, develop or manage. This approach for the systematic organisation and enhancement of biodiversity knowledge finds its focus through the functions of the IBER.
UBD has a proud and long tradition of fostering and promoting biodiversity and environmental research dating back to the days of the University’s founding in 1985. Milestones since 1985 include the establishment of a world-class Field Research Centre in Kuala Belalong (KBFSC), participation and leadership of UBD staff members and students in two expeditions by the Sarawak Forestry Department to Lanjak Entimau and Paya Maga, and by the current UBD-led expeditions to the Sungai Ingei Conservation Forest and Mt Pagon, Brunei Darussalam. Another expedition is currently planned for Bukit Teraja in the Belait District, Brunei Darussalam. …
Three major aims of the IBER are:
- To further develop biodiversity research in Brunei Darussalam
- To help achieve the economic vision of Wawasan 2035
- To help meet the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to which Brunei Darussalam is a party by accession.
Coordination of research, education and outreach activities of the UBD’s premier international field research facility, the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) is a special emphasis of the IBER. In addition, IBER research and educational projects focus on both terrestrial and marine biodiversity throughout Brunei Darussalam, as well as the interactions between biodiversity and its environment.
Associate Professor Dr. Kushan U. Tennakoon
Director, Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research