Sandbags are placed along Cua Dai beach to prevent erosion (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The central province of Quang Nam is expected to carry out a project on preventing erosion and sustainably protecting the coast of Hoi An city, which is facing serious beach erosion in recent years.

The project’s funding is set to be loaned by the French Development Agency (AFD).

The Prime Minister has permitted the provincial People’s Committee to compile a report suggesting an investment policy for the project. This policy must be approved by authorised agencies before it is implemented.

Hoi An is home to 7 kilometres of coastline.

According to the city’s latest report, 20 hectares of the city’s Cua Dai beach was washed away between 2009 and 2014.

Many experts said sand overexploitation, deforestation and natural disasters have led to increasingly serious erosion in many coastal areas of Vietnam.

Others blamed the erosion on the construction of resorts and the lack of proper environmental assessments before dredging occurred in Cua Dai beach area.

Chairman of the Hoi An People’s Committee Nguyen Van Dung used to say that they spent over 80 billion VND (3.6 million USD) on building sea dykes or temporary embankments with bamboo and sandbags, as well as the Geotube sandbag, but it’s still in vain.-VNA