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Green technology plays an important role in the new economic model because it can be the new engine of growth for the country, in line with the Government's aspiration to enhance the life quality of people in Malaysia.  As such, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)'s Faculty of Civil Engineering & Earth Resources (FKASA) took the initiative to organise a national-level conference on environment and earth resource in 2009 with the theme, 'Conservation and Sustainability' at M.S.Garden Hotel here.  It was held from November 7-9. 

According to the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Dato' Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui, the using and developing of green technology to manage the environment could increase yield in natural resource, reduce the cost to tackle pollution, increase demands for products, tools and green technology system.  He said it would also increase research works and boost innovation.  The minister's text speech was read by Senior Secretary in Green Technology Sector, Mohd Rosli Abdullah.  Green technology is about using modern technology application in conserving the natural resource and environment and is effective in controlling negative effects derived from man-made pollutions. 

The conference attracted about 120 academicians including lecturers from universities in the country and abroad such as from Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, China and Australia.  The objective of the conference was for experts in civil engineering to meet and exchange information in a bid to find solutions in managing the environment more effectively.