Erosion Threatens Vietnam’s Beaches, Tourism

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Walking along Cua Dai is like visiting a beach-restoration technology exhibition, with efforts ranging from stone seawalls to fiber-and-sand wave breakers, writes the Christian Science Monitor.

Vietnam is no stranger to typhoons and flooding. But a changing climate is making things even worse.  A 2010 World Bank report warned that the country is experiencing longer typhoon and flood seasons and that “storms are tracking into new coastal areas.”

More frequent extreme weather events are not only dissuading foreign visitors, they are threatening the existence of the attractions they might come to see. A record flood in 2009, for instance, submerged the entire ancient town of Hoi An including its iconic Japanese bridge. Only a huge effort saved the 300-year-old wooden structure.

At stake also is natural beauty. Ca Mau Cape, Vietnam’s southernmost point and a paradise for bird watchers, is now being gradually washed away by fierce tides and rising sea levels.

And on current trends, things will only get worse. By the end of the century, rising seas are expected to encroach on one-third of the country’s national parks and nearly one quarter of its key biodiversity areas, according to a report published in 2014 by the World Tourism Organization.

And that is bound to have an impact on tourism, officials worry.

Full story at Christian Science Monitor.

Meanwhile, Co To island district, an archipelago in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh province, can become an important sea tourism destination in Vietnam, according to VietnamNet Bridge.

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  • Kai Marcus Schröter

    According to a recent Dutch scientific study, biggest contributing factor to the erosion and reseeding beaches in Cua Da/ Hoi An is the illegal dragging of sand at the mouth of Thu Bon river, not climate change.