CONFERENCE ON ECO TERENGGANU 2011 KICKS OFF TODAY

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KUALA TERENGGANU, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- A two-day conference on Eco Terengganu

2011 kicked off today which aims to critically analyze and explore potentials of

developing a sustainable Terengganu, among other things.

Chairman of the State Committee on Industry, Trade and Environment Datuk Toh

Chin Yaw said the conference was the best platform for the Terengganu local

community, academicians, businesses, government agencies and local

non-governmental organisation (NGO) to engage in a multi-stakeholder discourse

that concerned the development of Terengganu as a sustainably managed state.

"Terengganu is rich with natural resources and it is high time that we

appreciate what we have and make a concerted effort to protect our beaches, and

turtle nesting areas from further destruction.

"It is our hope that Eco Terengganu will open our eyes to how we can

capitalise on Terengganu’s potentials in a way that will benefit the people of

Terengganu," he said after officiating the conference held in Pulau Duyong,

here.

The conference is divided into three segment which is The Business Case, The

Environment Case and The social case.

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SUSTAINABILITY-CONFERENCE 2 (LAST) KUALA TERENGGANU

The business case will highlight on green business tools, opportunities and

technology that can protect the economic future of Terengganu.

Philip Ling, Business Environment Manager for DiGi Telecommunications

highlighted how the company’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent

resulted in in-house initiatives to create a green mindset that is embedded in

their work culture.

The conference will continue with ''The Environment Case'' aimed at raising

awareness on environmental degradation.

The speakers included Nik Mohd Maseri of World Wide Fund for Nature

Malaysia, Dr Abdul Rani Abdullah Baginda of Progressive Impact Corporation

Berhad (PICORP) and Joanna Tang, Senior Researcher, Maritime Institute of

Malaysia.

The highlight of ''The Social Case'' will be on recycling cooking oil by

Vinesh Sinha, Managing Director of Fathopes Energy.

President and Founder of EcoKnights Yasmin Rasyid said the inaugural

conference attracted 76 participants and the organizers hoped to increase the

number next year.

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