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Waters of ancient Hoi An
With no public sewer system and Unesco World Heritage related restrictions, the old Hoi An centre sees little alternative to water disposal, pouring polluted water straight into the river. In return for preservation of the ancient houses and townscapes, residents struggle to renew or implement individual sewer system without changing the structure of their houses.
We measure water quality of our ponds and the river Hoai to monitor and see how much more we can do. There are other projects that tackle the water pollution issues too. These are our first small steps and paddles to clean the water in Hoi An.
Hoi An U-Cafe
Thanh Nam Cam Chau
(just after Petrolimex and Song Thu restaurant)
012 2545 3248 (Reiko)
UNIDO gives Hoi An solid waste treatment solutions
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has suggested several solutions to Hoi An Town authorities in an effort to help the ancient town deploy solid waste management strategy in an efficient way.
UNIDO experts suggested Hoi An to deploy 4R solution (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Reject), meaning reducing waste discharge and gas emission, using recycled materials, classifying waste, using centralized waste treatment plant and charging heavy polluters.
The city is advised to call on all business sectors to join in the initiative in a bid to raise public awareness, arrange solid waste collection plans and promote gardening in town.
Moreover, local government is told to set out incentive policies to attract businesses specializing in the recycling industry into the town and impose strict penalties on violated firms.
The town, recognized as a world heritage site, is facing difficulties in environment management in areas of control of solid waste emission and sewage discharge, and promoting energy efficiency as its population density is six times higher than the national level. That is not to mention the rising number of tourists flocking there.
A survey showed households and residential areas discharge 85-90% of total amount of solid waste. The remainder is discharged by markets, hotels, commercial centers, state agencies, schools, handicraft villages and farms. Organic solid waste accounts for 70% of total amount.
Hoi An is expected to see its population rising to 103,000 people by 2030, discharging 29,750 tons of solid waste a year by then. If the estimated number of tourist arrivals of some 5.3 million is included, total amount of solid waste will amount to 47,500 tons per year.
A beautiful new initiative comes from Nick Shirra,
|The finished dryer!|
Solar Serve Danang
The use of solar cookers requires changes in cooking habits, food, and food preparations. Therefore a solar cooking training program was set up by Solar Serve. The aim is to provide teaching and training through workshops, home visits and group meetings.
Since 2000 we have been making hundreds of solar cookers and parabolics and now we have also been asked to install solar hot water boilers and solar panels in Vietnam. The video clip shows the installation of the first grid-tie solar power system, containing 32 solar panels, on a school in Danang - Vietnam.(May 2011) Solar Serve is involved in business and charity projects in Vietnam. More information on video clip.