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.

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.