“Eco-engineering: Design with nature” Workshop
Participants were first brought up-to-date on current issues concerning the coastal environment of Penang by Prof. Zulfigar Yasin. Dr. Louise Firth then presented the concept of eco-engineering and cautioned its misuse and risks. This was followed by eco-engineering proof-of-concepts carried out on Penang Island presented by coastal conservationist, Dr. Chee Su Yin. Dr. Gerald Goeden then explained how artificial reefs could be an effective eco-engineering tool in mitigating impacts from coastal development.
Participants then participated in an interactive round-table discussion. Favourable support was given to the idea of eco-engineering with several organizations keen on utilizing the methods in their up-coming projects. Concerns were also raised and discussed on. It was agreed that a team with experts from different fields be set up for large-scale eco-engineering projects to minimize risk and loss. The workshop ended on a positive note with promises of future collaborations from several organizations. The workshop cost RM2,900.00 to run and gave rise to a profit of RM700.00.