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Civic groups state authorities are misinterpreted in seeing these eyesores as long-lasting services to disintegration


Activists state a seawall building task on Phetchaburi’s Cha-am beach has actually done more damage than great by adding to disintegration. (File picture: Bangkok Post)

Projects to build sea dykes to relieve beach disintegration along different parts of Thailand’s shoreline continue regardless of clear proof revealing they are not an useful or reliable method to stop the issue, ecological activists state.

Parts of numerous beaches have actually vanished after such tasks were finished.

Examples can be discovered along the coast around Cha-Am beach in Phetchaburi province and along other coasts in the lower Gulf such as in Songkla and NaKhon Si Thammarat, they state.

Sadly, developing facilities such as dykes appears to be the favored service for regional authorities as they can reveal an instant effect.

The issue is they are just a momentary service since beach disintegration will take place once again in the coming years, according to Phisanupong Laolaphpol, an organizer of the Pak Nam Pran Sea and Beach Fan group, which is working to secure the 1.4-kilometre-long Pranburi beach near Hua Hin by stopping a seawall task there that is underway.

Among the issues activists have about this task is that an ecological effect evaluation research study (EIA) is not needed under the changed guidelines of the Workplace of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Preparation (Onep).

The workplace validated this relocation by declaring the issue of beach disintegration is immediate and the EIA is too lengthy.

Onep stated it simply requires to perform of list, which it declares is a shortened however still legitimate variation of an EIA.

Mr Phisanupong stated it is clear the sea dyke task has actually currently “ruined” the part of the beach it inhabits, which is public residential or commercial property and ought to be secured for future generations.

” Without the beach, individuals do not wish to go to the sea. They wish to stroll on the beach and swim in the sea. However all they can do today on Pranburi beach is take pictures with the sea dyke and landscape and return to swim at other beaches. Life hasn’t been the very same because the seawall was developed,” he stated.

The group stated it had actually recommended regional authorities utilize sandbags rather of developing the 2nd, 230-metre stage of the task. The initial strategy was to have a 900-metre seawall with a designated budget plan of 146 million baht.

The Department of Public Functions and Town & & Nation Preparation has actually supposedly accepted the group’s proposition.

It now prepares to utilize sandbags for the 2nd stage, which was because of begin next year. In addition, the department will plant mangrove trees along the coast as recommended by the group, Mr Phisanupong stated.

He stated the group would be grateful if it might secure a minimum of part of the beach from the task.

Sakanan Plathong, a speaker with the Department of Biology, Professors of Science at Prince of Songkla University, stated the cabinet in 2018 established standards for avoiding seaside disintegration by categorising steps to take on the issue according to their level of effect.

White steps assist establish buffer zones while green steps consist of planting mangrove forests to reduce soil disintegration. Grey determines cover hardware building such as the sea dykes.

The majority of firms tend to neglect scholastic suggestions and embrace grey steps, he stated. Nevertheless it is of vital significance to perform ecological research studies ahead of time to determine just how much of an unfavorable impact these can have, he included.

” I believe the very best method to secure our beaches is by forming a civil society motion as these seawalls can have a tremendous effect. We, as academics, have actually voiced issues about these tasks for several years, however nobody listened,” he stated.

” Now individuals are gradually awakening to the truth as they can see the self-evident realities on their own,” he included.

Mr Sakanan stated in the worst cases of seaside disintegration, land recovery is a fascinating choice to check out. This can bring back a sense of environmental balance and stop more disintegration, he kept in mind.

Bunlung Meangbua, chief of the marine engineering style task at the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, stated the department is now moving its focus to other choices like sand-fill tasks.

He mentioned the restructuring of a missing out on beach in Pattaya and stated his department has actually performed sand-fill tasks on close-by Jomtien beach, likewise in Chon Buri, covering 3km.

The department prepares to include more sand on beaches in other provinces consisting of Rayong, Phetchaburi and Phangnga in the future, Mr Bunlung stated.


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