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It's not a real Hoi An thing yet but it could in the near future. GM food is getting closer and even the Vietnamese government has contacted Monsanto for their rice yield problems! We should never allow any cooperation genetically modify our food not knowing what the outcome is even in the short term!
|Erosion starts already after half a year!|
|Cement get's washed away!|
Along one off the resorts where they have made a artificial 'beach' because the beach was washed away behind the resort the whole area behind it start's to erode.
|An artificial created beach start's to erode!|
Trees planted along this whole area are for 50 % dead! Despite all the efforts made it doesn't feel it will all last for long!
|50 % Off the plated trees are dead!|
Some people ask; why you're so upset all the time with the environment in Vietnam? I live here - temporary maybe - but for the time being it's Hoi An! If I would stay in Chili or Russia I would do the same! Maybe I'm a guest in Vietnam, which not always feels that way! "It's not you're country!" Sure, but it's my planet too! It's ours and we have only one as far as I know. Maybe somewhere, somebody has a spare one, still it's makes no sense to waste her!
Vietnamese are so proud, so proud about their children! For that reason it is so strange they make a mess off their environment and for this taking away the future of their children.
I mentioned it already. Look at this photo, made in Tra Que Hoi An today the 9th off May 2013! Tra Que, tourist attraction in Hoi An.
Already 2 home stays, 11 cafe's, restaurants, cooking class facilities and yes a real rubbish dumb apposite one off the home stays! A real attraction.
And also on the East side along the river plastic and waste all over the place! Great!
It's the same like all the the environmental issues mentioned in the news papers. There is a lot off talk but ehhh not a lot is done!
We had some beautiful hot days the last week often ending with some small showers at the end off the day. Strong waves at the moment at An Bang Beach so be careful.
There is a new small building project going on in the dunes and on the plot off land next to it they just cut about 20 pine trees. More chance for erosion and so weakening the dunes!
At Tra Que where I live they start dumping rubbish in great amounts (especially plastic) opposite the home stay (grey building). Great for the environment because it's next to the river and great for all the bicycle groups passing this, Another dumping ground is on the east part off Tra Que also next to the river! Great advertisement for tourists!
Time flies and the last week there where again some surprising developments. First the earlier mentioned waste bins from the government which you can find now everywhere in Hoi An.
A great improvement.
Second every other week there are dead pigs on the beach between An bang and Hami Beach. I don't know if they are dumped in the
Thu Bon river and brought there by the current or they are directly dumped by somebody! Certainly it doesn't belong there.
Third this week a big sign of future developments in Hoi An was erected along Hai Ba Trung Street close to An Bang Beach. Good thing is that the fishing village opposite Tra Que and part off the fishing village of An Bang seems to be saved from destruction! Bad is that there will be so much build like a shopping center, museum, high rise buildings, resorts etc that it could be a desolated area for a long time if there is uncontrolled destruction from houses and greenery on a large scale followed
by years off none activity caused by a lack off investors 'read money'!
We have already 8 projects on a halt between Hoi An and Danang so lets hope that some people learned from this!
The beach at An Bang is clean! It looks better than ever before! The rubbish is still buried on the beach but let's say it's a big step forwards and part off the evolution learning process!
In Hoi An there are waste bins now for separate organic and other waste. Also a good step forwards!
The last week the same people who clean and bury the waste on the beach. With the first storm in October the water will wash the sand away and all the rubbish will again disappear in the sea. It's difficult to understand because the government comes 2 or 3 times a week to collect waste.
|This makes no sense!|
Still a pity is the amount off organic material which is offered as waste! Even ladies on the beach are collecting shells and bury them on the beach! What's going on?!!
The world never stops me surprising me!
|Collecting shells which will be burried later?|
Every morning I go for a walk or swimming on one off the most famous beaches in the world. This according some travel magazines. Or this people are blind or have never been outside the 5 star resort were they stay! The last few days I see people digging big holes and dumping rubbish in it! The beach is littered with plastic! I walk in between the rubbish and if I look at the 'dune' site all the trees are cut and 2 unfinished concrete skeletons are facing the beach!
The government tries to inform people and also on schools and TV there is information given to create more awareness about the pollution and waste problem in Vietnam. Unfortunate there is no force to check and control! The Vietnamse they say yes and smile but nothing is really done!
Below 'article' generated a lot off reactions. Most positive and from people with the same frustration!
Under an article from this month from journalist Herby Neubacher! It's amazing how far destruction goes and our 'leaders' have mainly 'eye' for MONEY & GREED!
Well it's not about Hoi An and surrounding area but of course there is no doubt watching the environment in and around Hoi An ist could be about our town and beaches!
Tourism Hara Kiri in Vietnam!
|Green Apple Clean Sweep Cua Dai Beach, 23-02-13|
David (2*), Phil, Ken, Mrs. Vy, Mrs. Linh, Ms Koda and Ms. Phuong, Nick and his son Andy.
Later will put more photo's from the Clean Sweep on our Flickr page! Thanks Linh for the photo's!
17-02-13 For all in Vietnam a happy and green 2013! Everywhere beautiful flowers are still on display and even the weather was extremely good during TET, the Vietnamese New Year! To make the start off the year off the snake even better Green Apple Hoi An organizes a Clean Sweep at Saturday the 23 off February at Cua Dai Beach. We start at 8 am from An Duc's Restaurant. It's close to the Zero Seamile bar. Welcome!
Yesterday we had a successful 'Clean Sweep' again on An Bang Beach. About 12 people showed up and we started again from the Banyan Restaurant & Bar! We collected about 29 cement bags with rubbish! Styrofoam was again the winner followed by shoes, straws, soup & milk and fast food packages. Ken is 'responsible' for the shoe collection! We will collect the shoes over a period off 6 month and make an artwork off it at An Bang Beach! Some off the participants made some photo's and as soon as I have them I will put them on the Green Apple Hoi An website. Thanks again all off you! Great job!
The next 'Clean Sweep' is at Cua Dai Beach on the 23 off February starting at 8 am from
Anh Duc's Restaurant!
Green Apple Hoi An wishes you all a beautiful 2013. Thanks to all the people who joined the Clean Sweeps and helped them to organize!
Hans van der Broek
19-12-12 Walking on An Bang Beach I was first astonished about the enormous amount of waste! Than suddenly I discovered 21 concrete poles on the beach! There are rumours about a boulevard or promenade on the north side off An Bang! Pitty, the last piece off public beach goes under construction!
14-12-12 I have been talking to a employer off the Vinci Construction Company who will build a waste water treatment system in Hoi An. This is a big company who is building big projects around the world. Vinci Construction The Vinci Company is already years busy to finish the Hoi An waste water project but till now there is no end in sight!
The waste water plant was first planned to be build in Cam Chau. For unclear reasons it will now built in Cam Thanh! A lot off paper work extra, a few kilometers more pipes! In meantime all waste water end up in the Thu Bon River, is not clear anymore where connections & pipes are and...? Hoi An, do you want your waste water plant or....?
|Green Apple Hoi An stand!|
|Information about solar energy and the environment!|
The storm's high winds and torrential rain caused flash flooding in several provinces in the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental in eastern Mindanao were particularly hard hit. The town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley has been obliterated by raging flood waters. Communications to many areas were cut as roads and bridges were destroyed. The death toll approaches 500 with some 170,000 displaced people.
Vietnam responds to world clean-up campaign
The program aims to raise individual responsibility for environmental protection and encourage people to take part in community activities. It is expected to attract the participation of local authorities, representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and other relevant agencies, and foreign diplomats, as well as more than 1,500 public employees and residents of Danang.
On this occasion, a seminar on renewable energy, a painting exhibition on environmental pollution, a tree planting ceremony, a waste recycling competition and many other events will be held.
Initiated in 1993 by Australia, the "Making the world cleaner in 2012" Campaign has been launched globally by the United Nations in the third week of September, involving hundreds of millions people from more than 130 countries and territories around the world.
19-08-12 Hoi An is much cleaner now than a year ago! More waste bins are available and people are more aware off the impact off rubbish on the environment. Still a few waste hotspots need attention. One off them is at Tra Que on the south part close to the shrimp farms and white bridge.
On daily bases bicycle tours pass this spot and it doesn't make a good impression. I'm shore nobody want this and soon the rubbish will be gone!
06-08-12 Since we cleaned the 'Forgotten Beach' we see every day a woman at around 6 am cleaning the shoreline! That's a really good thing! She pick's up all the dirt left behind by the people who dined the evening before on this nice stretch off beach!
We try to organize a last 'Clean Sweep' in September before rainy season!
This month also new our Green Apple Activities website. Click on: Green Apple Activities
22-07-12 I had dinner with my wife Linh in U Cafe along the Hoi An River. Japanese food and hospitality, We talked mainly about the environment and a few off the table guests where involved and worked with the Division of Natural Resources and Environment in Hoi An. They just organised a Clean Sweep close to the bus station in Hoi An.
I find out that there are 2 major new development projects scheduled in Cam Ha and An Bang Beach. Hoi An Indochina 5-star Resort will be built in Dien Ngoc Ward, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam province (close to An Bang beach). The project development will includes: • villas area • bungalow area • golf course : 18-hole • and the The Development of Cam Ha Tourism Area project includes: • resort area • restaurants, bar, coffee shop • entertainment area • elevators • traffic system • park area • related utilities Project estimated
A week ago I had a meeting with UNIDO and other people about Hoi An Eco town. Is there anybody who can explain to me what Eco means in this context?
The 11-07-12 I discovered that blogger is on line again in Vietnam. Thanks for this!
Yesterday I attended a meeting from the Hoi An City's People Committee and Unido. It was about green industry. Information about cases abroad like China, Philippines and Europe. Later it got more defined to Vietnam and of course Hoi An. Just very briefly, there is a long way to go! There are plans but in my opinion to many spread out over 20 years. We need action now and not only about greening our tourism and agricultural activities. We need to address the bigger issues like how to prevent more flooding, erosion along the coast, finishing the waste water treatment plant a.s.a.p. and slow down the flow off traffic in and around Hoi An!
02-07-12 The following blog story can not be read in Vietnam or at least not by the people off Vietnam. De Vietnamese Government has blocked all blogger sites and word press! We all seem to be criminals even if you want too clean the environment for free or like too help disabled children for free like many do, or like too teach children like many do for free! And many more! Instead off starting a dialogue with the people from Vietnam the government closes the communication door! We have seen recently what the result is in other countries! Open up there in the north! Where are you afraid off?
29-06-12 Living in Hoi An for 8 years I met many expats with trouble with noise pollution! Music at 5 am, loudspeakers blaring, techno 'music', dogs, karaoke, horns name it! I've been in 52 countries and I must say Vietnam is on top of off the list off noise! Read for example: noise pollution at your service
Thre is a lot off info to find on Google about noise pollution! If you have any example please send it to us. We will put it on Youtube!
29-06-12 The mails send with the new 'Clean Sweep' Clip attracted some attention. People around Tra Que, Hai Bai Trung and Cam Chau sent an E-mail. At the moment I'm talking with them about a new 'Clean Sweep' and other involvement in the Green Apple Hoi An.
The Clean Sweep in Cam Thanh will be in March 2013. It will be close to the new Home Stay build in that area!
Yesterday, while swimming at Cua Dai at around 6:30 am, we saw a woman cleaning The Forgotten Beach! Amazing, something is happening!
Thanks for watching the new Clean Sweep Clip!
12-06-12 It took a few days to make a Clip about the Clean Up on the 5th of June 2012. Click on clip below!
07-06-12 The amount off people for our second 'Clean Sweep' where not that large but the amount off rubbish collected was enormous! We got support from people of the Hoi An Beach Resort. Thanks for this! A Clip of the 'Clean Sweep' is almost finished!
The next 'Clean Sweep' will be in Cam Thanh.
Thanks to all the people who joined the 'Clean Sweep' on the 5th off June 2012.
28-05-12. On the 5th of June, Green Apple Hoi An will organise a 'Clean Sweep' this time on Cua Dai Beach, The Forgotten Beach.
|Anh Duc Restaurant|
The Clean Sweep will be from 6:30 till 8:30.
Early? Yes you are right but it's pretty hot at the moment. The good thing, you can cool down in the sea during the Clean Sweep. Drinks and baguettes are supplied by Green Apple Hoi An!
24-05-12 The builders started indeed on the 16th of May with building Green Apple Land. See photo!
|Start of building Green Apple Land!|
02-05-12 Very busy in April! Linh my wife and I started with the negotiations with builders and designers to build 'Green Apple Land'. Around the 15th of may we will start building the first part! Next year solar panels and a special build Solar Heater will be installed which is much smaller than the ones you see today on roof tops!
During 2013 we will connect more equipment with our solar panels and some standard equipment will be rebuild to 'work' on solar power! We keep you informed!
Somewhere this month we will organise another Clean Sweep on An Bang Beach! Hans
On the 31 of March we had a Clean Sweep on An Bang Beach. After a quite start ore people showed up and with in 1 and half hour we collected 30 bags of rubbish! The Clean Sweep was a success buts it's also disappointing that it is possible to collect so much is such a short time.
|The Clean Sweep. |
Photo made by Etienne from Hoi An Photo Tours.
Many thanks to people from the Banyan Bar & Restaurant on An Bang Beach who supplied drinks and food after the Clean Sweep!
27-03-12 Been away for a while. The last week I have organised and had talks with people from the Banyan on An Bang Beach for the Clean Sweep on the 31 of March. By coincident the Banyan organises a day to pay attention about issues around An Bang. Nice to combine things and it looks there will be a lot off people to join this day.
To be clear Green Apple Hoi An has no part in the activities after 10 am on the 31 of March and is only on An Bang Beach for the Clean Sweep.
I want to thank special Mrs. Nguyet Thanh Vu for her help and the printing of the flyer's.
For now I hope for good weather and a fantastic day for all!
Hans van der Broek
15-03-12 I started making photo's from the last big trees which are decorating Hoi An. Most of them you will find in Hoang Dieu Street. Another 10 are shattered around town.
13-03-12 Already 7 expats will join the 'Clean Sweep' on the 31 of March on An Bang Beach. One of them came with a new spot close to Hoi An where we will organise the second 'Clean Sweep'.
Randy (Randy's Book Xchange) sent me this link:bottle brighten millions-poor homes. It's a great idea and so simple!
I put a new clip on YOUTUBE: Another Brick in the Wall.
05-03-12 At last the flyer for local businesses in Hoi An is ready. Also the date is set for the 'Clean Sweep' on An Bang Beach. The 31 of march from 8 till 10 am locals, expats and tourist will join in a Clean Sweep at the north part of the beach of An Bang.
From tomorrow local bicycle rentals will be visited and mentioned on the 'Green Activities' page!
For people or businesses who want to join the Clean Sweep please mail to: Click here!
28-02-12 I red a blog from Anthony Stokes, the ambassador for the UK Reply Green Apple
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25-02-12 An interesting article on Vietnamnet! It's about the coastal damage done along the south tip of Cua Dai Beach. Read:
Central coast-in-ruin! It supports the Green Apple Hoi An Clip: Is this what we want?
23-02-12 Today I got the new lay out from the Green Apple website. It's now more consistent with the flyer and name cards.
There a few new interesting links on the website! People who are interested in the weather(who isn't?)weather, surf at the beach and solar cooking will find the right attractive and tasty information! A few days to go and the info is 'life'!
21-02-12 A busy time the last 3 weeks. Packing, removal from the Lighthouse to our temporary house in Cam Chau.
Fortunate a good new environmental product build by Nick Shirra. See the Non Profit page where you can see a dryer working with solar energy to dry agricultural products.
03-02-12 TET is gone and life in Hoi An is going back to 'normal'! The website will be upgraded and will be more in 'sink' with the flyer and name cards.The new clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=m8xNRNN84o4
got some attention. I got some mail from people who found it incredible sad that this kind of developments got approved by the local government and designed by often foreign developers!
Also renewed with the World Bank about a new project to set up a Climate Information Centre in Vietnam.
I hope to organise this month the first Clean Sweep of 2012! First the move to our temporary house! Thanks for all the mail! Have a nice day!
And than it was suddenly the 21 of January. TET is around the corner and things really slowed down. I send an article to the Hoi An Live Magazine. I hope they found it in their mail box. For now, a happy TET and a green & clean 2012!
05-01-12, This year started good with interest from The Hoi An Live Magazine and contacts with a group of architects, designers and construction consultancy about an idea for a future eco village near Hoi An.
28-12-11, Everybody welcome on the Green Apple Hoi An site. We have 177 followers now on Twitter and now we got almost everyday mail from people who like to have more information or want to help with GA-Hoi An activities next year! Thanks for this! Hans
24-12-11, Green Apple Hoi An wish you all the best and green wishes for 2012!
21-12-11. For all who read this. I'm looking for people where ever on this planet who are organising the same activities like Green Apple Hoi An,Vietnam. Please reply to E-mail address above. Thanks!
18-12-11. I put an interesting article on 'Green Feed' about the Tam Dao Golf Course in Vinh Phuc Province. It would be interesting to know what the impact is on the environment of the golf courses in Hoi An & Danang. Anybody?
17-12-11. Yesterday I picked up the Green Apple Hoi An flyers. They looked good! I distributed already some to a few local businesses. There is a little inconsistency between the flyer the website and the name cards which will be solved in the next month!
Thanks for all the positive responses!
14-12-11. I discovered some more people and businesses who are interested in and already active with Green Activities.
I added some more Businesses to the Green Activities list: Goldon Turtle Swim Club, Green Mango Restaurant, Legend DVD-Shop and Metiseko Eco Chic Shop.
It's great that more and more people in Hoi An are interested in our environment. Tell others, let me know!
Victoria Heckstall wrote an article for Green Apple Hoi An. You can read the article on the Green Feed Page. Thanks!
Have a nice day!
07-12-11, Christmas is coming soon, new year and TET are on the horizon! Green Apple is busy making a new clip about the 6 lane road from Danang to Tam Ky. Not a lot of information is available but as it looks it will go partly through the beautiful Water Coconut Forrest at Cam Thanh, the rice field area close to the Cua Dai Bridge, close to Tra Que and all the way to Cam Ha!
27-11-11. It's already a month later and many things have happened. New contacts are made and I have an interesting organisation discovered at An Bang Beach: Eco Com. Some of their goals:
-To develop the career development plan for the people.
-To develop the specific embellishment activities including:
Planting trees, environmental sanitation.
-Support to implement the activities of micro-credit fund (Mrs.
-Listen, collect people's opinions and respond to investors
and make "the civil campaign" for investors.
Click on the 'Green Photo's' link on the home page of the Green Apple Hoi An site and you will find photos from the first project of Eco Com to install big waste bins on An Bang Beach!
Thursday, 27th of October 2011. Today I made some photo's from solar powered warning- and traffic lights in Hoi An. Also some photos from ladies who collect our rubbish and people who sort out the rubbish and bring it to recycle 'factories'!
You can see the photo's by clicking on: Green Apple Hoi An Photo's
Green Apple Hoi An got also it's membership from Clean Up the world. An Australian based organisation. Read more on:
Clean up the world!
Small developments during the last few days. I have been in contact with AMERIN, an Australian based organisation who advices companies & government(s) for sustainable improvements. Click on the link for their last Newsletter:
current corporate, social, and environmental sustainability improvement projects
Also contacted 'Clean Up' Australia for a partnership!
I added some beautiful photos' on Green Apple's Flickr page and added interesting info on the Green Feed Page.
For now it's waiting for the Green Apple Flyer with info, 'Stickers' and a Refill Spot 'Tap Hanger'!
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Today, 08-10-11 I had an interesting meeting with Mrs. Pham Kieu Oanh from the CSIP. The CSIP invests in social entrepreneurs, raise awareness, mobile resources and train and advice on social entrepreneurship development.
I'm looking forward to the invitation from the CSIP to tell more about Green Apple Hoi An, it's goals and to bring social awareness about environmental issues in Hoi An.
The Green Apple Hoi An is a social green platform for and with locals, expats and tourists!
More information about CSIP: CSIP
|Life will be more beautiful if we recycle” – TV host and stylist Viet Nga|
A few weeks more to go and the Green Apple Hoi An website will be ready! If you like the idea and want to be involved please read the 'About Us' and the 'Your Help chapter!
A warm thank you to: Nick Keegan and Steve Harrison!
Hans van der Broek
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