Beach erosion continues to cause concern

Friday, 16 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By  Phasakorn Channgam

Chonburi officials ponder beach erosion problems

Shocked by erosion rates that have doubled over the past few years, Chonburi Department of Marine and Coastal Resources officials, working under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, are drafting new plans to protect the province’s coastline.

Senior Department of Marine and Coastal Resources officials state that erosion of local beaches has accelerated, as shown here at the Dusit curve in North Pattaya.  More studies are being done, when many feel it is time for action instead of words.Senior Department of Marine and Coastal Resources officials state that erosion of local beaches has accelerated, as shown here at the Dusit curve in North Pattaya.  More studies are being done, when many feel it is time for action instead of words.

At a Nov. 5 hearing at the Sun Beach Hotel in Najomtien, DMCR Senior Director Suthilak Rawiwan said 24 of Chonburi’s 171 kilometers of coastline have suffered erosion, with normal rates of 800 meters per year. However, since 2006, erosion has accelerated to 1.6 kilometers per year.

DMCR Senior Director Suthilak Rawiwan. DMCR Senior Director Suthilak Rawiwan.

“Therefore, Chonburi has decided to rush to solve the problem by opting for integrated management of the coast by having an agreement signed by the relevant private and public agencies to draft a strategy to solve the issue together,” Suthilak said.

Pattaya representative Anuwat Laothongkhum said the city has seen severe erosion of its main tourist attraction, noting beaches that previously were 35 meters wide have shrunk to just 7.8 meters (at high tide). Left unabated, erosion will wipe out the Pattaya’s beaches within five years, he said.

Anuwat explained the city has joined with the provincial Marine Department to hire consultants from Chulalongkorn University to draft a beach-restoration plan. Work on that plan, however, ground to a halt when Rayong Province barred Pattaya’s contractor from taking any more replacement sand from a river there.

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  • Comment Link Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:14 posted by Peter

    With global warming the polar ice caps are melting quickly, and the sea is rising, also quickly. In our lifetime, it will only get worse. So enjoy the beaches while they last and buy condos up a hill.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:16 posted by Lung Sen

    Of course there is erosion. This erosion results last not least from the speedboats, jetskis and tourist bioats operating too near the beaches. With their propellors the sand is washed out into the sea.
    Nature also takes part - but not too much. Talks about the situation (whoever organizes them) will never end and will bring no solutions as nobody really understands the real cause of eroding.
    Look at the beaches at Rayong City: They built stonewalls into the sea there leaving several small bays full with sand inviting for a fine bath. And this small beaches will never erode. Same examples you can find in many european seaside resorts.
    But to build such walls at Pattaya's beaches seems to be impossible as here in town money reigns and it would not be possible to pick up the asian, russian, etc. tourists directly from the mainbeach at beach road - which brings a lot of money to many pockets...

  • Comment Link Monday, 19 November 2012 18:48 posted by DON ALEMAN

    1). Three, ( 3 ), years ago we were told that the beach would be gone in 5 years.2). Now we are told the erosion has increased but it will still be 5 yrs. before the beach is gone.

    ???

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