Liberia: Coastal Defense Paradox – Beach Sand Mining Persists

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Illegal beach sand mining. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Despite claims by the government of Liberia that it is committed to a coastal defense plan in order to save the city of Buchanan from sea erosion, beach sand mining in Central and Upper Buchanan continues on a weekly basis…

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