Saturday, February 13, 2010

Putrajaya:Malaysia's pioneer green city




The belief in the need to protect our surrounding environment, and respect for nature, is deeply rooted in our Malaysian culture and traditions. For Mother Nature has nurtured us and kept us going for generations. Its beauty and greenness has afforded us tranquility, serenity and much needed respite.

But now the health of the global environment is under threat as never before. The impacts of climate change are now widely accepted as real issues. This was clearly underlined during the recently concluded United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

A lot needs to be done if we are to reverse the trend of assault on the environment. Strategic actions are required. And they need to be supported by STRONG political will if any amount of positive impact is to be forthcoming.

One bright note for Malaysia is that, during the Malaysia 2010 Budget Speech, the PM had announced that Putrajaya and Cyberjaya will be developed to be the pioneers of Green Technology City in Malaysia.

It is a good start.

Putrajaya, on its part, is very excited and positive about this announcement. Therefore on 23 and 24 February Perbadanan Putrajaya will be hosting a forum under the theme: Green Cities International Conference.

The aim is to widen understanding on green cities amongst decision makers and professionals from government agencies, local authorities and related industry players. Eight international speakers (from as far away as Washington) will join four Malaysian experts to present papers and share their experience.

Hopefully, an action plan for a “green Putrajaya” will be one of the outcomes of this two day conference.

Welcome to the next big trend in Malaysian town planning: Green Cities.
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