Government’s ambitious 2030 land reclamation plan to cost HK$400 billion

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Land reclamation, Hong Kong, South China Sea. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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The government’s grand long-term blueprint for Hong Kong, which envisions a 1,000-hectare man-made island in the middle of the sea, could cost over HK$400 billion, a concern group estimated.

The estimate for the East Lantau Metropolis (ELM) project was raised last Saturday (December 3rd) at the first public forum on the 2030 Plus blueprint…

Read Full Article, South China Morning Post (12-04-2016)

Great Wall Of Sand: Chinese Mischief at Mischief Reef, The New York times (04-12-2015)

Such Quantities of Sand, The Economist (07-27-2015)
Asia’s mania for reclaiming land from the sea spawns mounting problems…

“$100 Billion Chinese-Made City Near Singapore “Scares the Hell Out of Everybody”; Bloomberg (11-21-2016)

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.