Dutch experts suggest ways to save Cua Dai beach
Dutch experts suggest ways to save Cua Dai beach (13/04/2019)
On April 10th, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha, leaders of Quang Nam province and a delegation of Dutch experts led by Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cornelia Van Nieuwen Huizen surveyed Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An City which has been seriously hit by erosion for years.
Vice Chairman Le Tri Thanh informed that Cua Dai Beach has been eroded since 2004, affecting around three kilometres. This has damaged some resorts by the beach,  Fusion Alya Resort even have been abandoned when not in use. The sedimentation process takes place in the summer, however from September erosion happens which puts Cua Dai beach on alert. 
Quang Nam has been making efforts to cope up with the problem, held many scientific conferences to find out the optimal solutions to "rescue" Cua Dai. Concrete dykes have been built to help consolidate the beach, but the erosion has continued.In the future, Quang Nam will pumpe 6 million m3 of sand to prevent coastal erosion. 
After surveying, Cornelia Van Nieuwenhuizen proposed the construction of artificial islands for Cua Dai Beach, which has been done effectively in her country. These islands can be turned into attractive eco-tourist sites and the Netherlands will be willing to assist Quang Nam in the work. The experts said that the construction can be carried out overall or step by step and should be made based on sustainable preservation of biodiversity in the area.
At the meeting, Cornelia Van Nieuwen Huizen affirmed that the Dutch Government always pays attention to the adverse effects of climate change on Vietnam’s beaches. She asked the Dutch experts to join hands with competent ministries in Vietnam and Quang Nam province to give out optimal measures to save Hoi An beach, one of the most stunning beaches in the world.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment thanked for the Dutch side for suggestions to save Cua Dai Beach. He also highly appreciated Dutch expertise in dealing with coastal erosion.
According to the minister, more seminars on coastal erosion in Hoi An would be organised to select the most suitable solutions and the opinions of Dutch experts would be included in the events to be discussed.

Translator: Nhat Ha

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