Category Archives: Sand Mining

Activists Seek Substitutes For Sand, Mumbai.

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Boat fully loaded with riverbed sand, India. Captions and Photo source: ©© Thaths

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Artificial sand that is sand obtained by crushing stones and boulders is being considered as an alternative to natural sand, said Swadhin Kshatriya, additional chief secretary, revenue…

Activist Sumaira Abdulali who has been fighting against illegal sand mining and has been advocating an alternative to natural sand said the solution was even worse.

“It would mean breaking down not just hills but mountains, denuding trees and creating flat lands. This would result in huge climatic changes. When we talk alternatives it must be recycling and not wreaking havoc,” she said.

Abdulali said in some Scandinavian countries no fresh building materials are allowed in a redevelopment project until the existing debris is entirely recycled. In England, slag (a by product of the metal industry) is used to make precisely engineered aggregate suitable for construction.

Natural sand is mined from river bed and the sea-shore. To meet the demands of the construction industry, river beds have been stripped of sand causing soil erosion and flooding of fields close to river banks.

Read Full Article, The Economic Times

Liberia: Ban On Sand Mining Intensifies

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Reconstruction begins on the new Central Bank building on Ashmun Street. Shot in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo source: ©© TLupic

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In continuation of its ban on beach and sand mining, the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy confiscated a 15-ton truck load of blocks in the 11th Street and Watanga communities in Monrovia.

Since the ban were placed on beach sand mining, certain unscrupulous individuals have created block factories along the beaches…

Read Full Article, All’Africa

Preventing Erosion: Liberia Gets Tough on Illegal Sand Miners, Raid Beaches, Front Page Africa

Liberia: ‘Illegal’ Sand Mining, Sales, All’Africa (Uploaded 03-04-2013)
Investigation by a liberian newspaper has revealed that the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy is in flagrant violation of the 2010 Investment Act of Liberia by granting sand mining licenses to Chinese companies…

Liberia: Illegal Sand Mining Heightened, All’Africa (Uploaded 02-22-2013)
Despite efforts by the government to put a halt to illegal sand mining which is blamed on sea and other form of erosions across Liberia, others have refused to yield to the orders as sand mining is said to be at a renewed height and reinvigorated pace in the region.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac
Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations…? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “Sand Wars” have begun.

Sand Dredging Law Stalled, Bahrain

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“Troubled Waters” series, Sand dredger. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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A new law regulating the dredging of sand from the seabed stalled yesterday…

Under the the draft law, only authorised companies would be allowed to dredge sand and they would not be allowed to sell it outside Bahrain unless sanctioned by the concerned minister.

Sand prices would be calculated according to market prices every two years, although the Shura Council cancelled an article that stated dredging companies would have to make backdated payments due to the difficulty in making calculations.
Dredgers would have to compensate any damages to the environment or facilities in the sea, with those exceeding permitted amounts would have the extra sand seized by the government.

Under the draft law, violating the new law would carry a jail term to be determined by a court or a fine of between BD50,000 and BD100,000, or both. If repeated, the punishment would be doubled…

Read Full Article, Dredging Today

Law To Clamp Down On Sand Dregding, Gulf Daily News
A law to regulate the dredging of sand from the seabed will be introduced in Bahrain for the first time… (02-12-2013)

Environmental Impacts of Marine Sand Mining in the Kingdom of Bahrain, by Asma A. Ababussain, Anwar S. Abdo, Nader A. Mossa, Ali J. Al-Hessabi, Kuwait University
Analysis of the data and environmental indicators show that mining of marine sand for economic development in Bahrain leads to degradation of the fragile marine ecosystems during dredging, transportation and washing operations, especially the environmentally sensitive ecosystems as well as its biodiversity and habitats…

Ilocos Sur is Helpless Against Illegal Black Sand Mining, Philippines

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Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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Illegal miners continue to extract black sand from Ilocos Sur, (on Philippines’ North Western Coast) exporting the commodity out of the country placing coastal areas and the people at risk of erosion, according to a priest, an environmental group, and the Mines Bureau…

Read Full Article, GMA Network

Supreme Court Asked to Halt Black Sand Mining, Philippines (Uploaded 05-10-2012)
To prevent further destruction of the coastline, public officials and concerned citizens filed with the Supreme Court to issue a writ against a mining project to extract black sand.

Mining Black Sand, Lingayen, North Western Coast, Philippines (Uploaded 02-06-2012)
The black sand of coastal villages facing the Lingayen Gulf, Philippines, is being mined for magnetite, a highly-valuable mineral used by industrial companies. The once pristine beaches are now destroyed and coastal erosion alarms residents…

Philippines Black Sand Mining Operations, Gonzaga, Cagayan Province, Philippines (Uploaded 11-06-2012)
A dossier and photo reportage by Juergen Lorenz.

Sand Mining in the Philippines: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care


Magnetite Beach Sand Mining Operation, Buguey, Cagayan, North Eastern Coast, Philippines: Youtube Video

Villagers seek action against illegal sand mining, India

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Truck loads of sand is extracted off the basins of these rain fed rivers along the coast of Mangalore every day…Complete manual process as you can see here… Captions and Photo source: ©© Karantha
The Phalguni River has its origins in the Western Ghats, which drains its itself in the Arabian Sea at Mangalore.

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Members of dalit communities from Kuppepadavu near Mangalore, state of Karnataka, alleged that illegal sand mining is rampant on Phalguni river bed.

Villagers brought to the notice of city police that illegal sand mining is being carried out using about eight excavator machines on the river bed…

Read Full Article, The Times Of India

Les Pilleurs De Sable Ecument Les Plages Du Globe, Le Monde

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Illegal beach sand mining, near Tangier, Morocco. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Sur les plages du Maroc, près de Tanger ou de Casablanca, les dunes ont disparu, laissant apparaître un paysage lunaire. Elles n’ont pas été effacées sous l’effet de tempêtes, mais volées nuit après nuit par des escouades de camions pour construire des résidences destinées à l’afflux de touristes qu’attire la réputation de ce rivage au sable doux.

Le phénomène est le même depuis des années dans toute la région des Caraïbes : de la Jamaïque à Barbuda, les plages ont rétréci…

Read Full Article, Le Monde

Translation:
“Beaches Sand Miners Are Skiming Away The World’s Beaches”
On the Moroccan beaches near Tangier or Casablanca, the sand dunes have disappeared, only to leave behind a somber lunar landscape. The dunes haven’t been erased away by natural storms action, but by illegal beach sand mining, night after night, relentlessly hauled away by truckloads, just to feed the insatiable hunger for sand destined to construction to accommodate the ever coming waves of tourists, crashing on the moroccan sandy coastline, once so pristine.

Such destructive beach sand mining operations have been of common occurrence as well, and for years, in the Caribbean: from Jamaica to Barbuda, beaches are disappearing…

” Le Sable: Enquête sur Une Disparition” / Sand Wars; An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac, a Film Documentary Produced by Rappi Productions and La compagnie des Taxi-Brousse
Sand: Most of us think of it as a complimentary ingredient of any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even in our glass of wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)!

Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations?

Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun…

Le Sable, Enquête sur une Disparition (diffusion Mardi 28 mai) – Société et culture, ARTE TV
A la fin du XXIème siècle, toutes les plages auront disparu. Tel est le constat alarmant que posent de nombreux scientifiques et ONG.« Le Sable, enquête sur une disparition » est un éco-thriller d’investigation qui révèle la bataille méconnue que se livrent entrepreneurs, contrebandiers, écologistes, politiques et populations locales : l’exploitation du sable.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

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WATCH: Sand-Wars, Synopsis

An investigation documentary by Denis Delestrac (©-2013);
Produced by Rappi Productions and La compagnie des Taxi-Brousse;

Sand: Most of us think of it as a complimentary ingredient of any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even in our glass of wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)!

Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations?

Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun…

Sand-Wars / Le Sable: Enquête sur une Disparition: Film Documentary Worldwide Première: Tuesday May 28th, 2013, on: ARTE TV / France

Sand-Wars, Website

NOTE:
Sand Wars film premiered in Paris, in its french version: “Le Sable: enquête sur une disparition,” and was broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013.

Sand Wars movie expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish a Global Environmental Alert report in March 2014:
“Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks” (GEA- March 2014).
“*The idea for this publication came from the film documentary “Le Sable: enquête sur une disparition,” directed by Denis Delestrac and broadcast on Arte channel on May 28, 2013.”—UNEP

Le Sable, Enquête sur une Disparition (diffusion Mardi 28 mai) – Société et culture, ARTE TV
A la fin du XXIème siècle, toutes les plages auront disparu. Tel est le constat alarmant que posent de nombreux scientifiques et ONG.« Le Sable, enquête sur une disparition » est un éco-thriller d’investigation qui révèle la bataille méconnue que se livrent entrepreneurs, contrebandiers, écologistes, politiques et populations locales : l’exploitation du sable.

Let’s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona
Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, “Sand Wars” is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up…

A UNEP Report on Sand Mining: “Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks” (GEA- March 2014)
Sand Wars movie, released in 2013, directed by Denis Delestrac, expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this Global Environmental Alert in March 2014…

Preventing Erosion: Liberia Gets Tough on Illegal Sand Miners, Raid Beaches

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Coastal erosion, Liberia. Photo source: ©© Liberia Trip

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The Lands Mines and Energy Ministry Monday arrested several illegal sand miners in several beach communities around Monrovia.

But despite the government’s position to come down hard on the illegal sand miners most of them have promised not to desist from the practice because according to them that is their only means of income generation…

Read Full Article, Front Page Africa

2 Grabbed For Illegal Sand Mining, New Democrat News
The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, banned beach sand mining in the country after a key environmental survey revealed that most sea erosions in the country are being caused by widespread sand beach sand mining along the Liberia’s costal lines…

Liberia: Illegal Sand Mining Heightened, All’Africa
Despite efforts by the government to put a halt to illegal sand mining which is blamed on sea and other form of erosions across Liberia, others have refused to yield to the orders as sand mining is said to be at a renewed height and reinvigorated pace in the region…

Liberia: Bans Beach Sand Mining, All’Africa
The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) has announced that it would be closing all beaches throughout the country from sand mining.

Liberia: Coastal Residents Evicted As Anti-Erosion Project in Grand Bassa Lacks Funding, All’Africa
Coastal residents are being evicted with no compensation to make way for a project to stop catastrophic sea erosion. “While the sea is treating our life the government is also worrying us by breaking home down with no proper relocation and compensation,” said Prince Jlantee, chairman of Fanti Town in Buchanan.”The government had already started breaking houses down. They have broken over 25 houses.”
In the past several months, erosion has destroyed more than 37 structures, while the ocean has been moving one to two meters inland during the raining season…

Coastal erosion displaces hundreds, Liberia; IRIN

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Sophies Beach, Congo Town, Monrovia. Photo source: ©© Ken Harper / Together Liberia Project

Sand Mined From Pakiri Beach is Irreplaceable, New Zealand

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Pakiri Beach, New Zealand. Photo source: ©© Piotr Zurek

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Auckland City’s recreation committee chairman, Scott Milne, says a $5 million beach rebuilding plan is gathering momentum. Where, however, does he hope to source the sand for the next eight Auckland beaches requiring replenishment?

“Sand extraction is not sustainable in a closed system in the long term because extraction will eventually deplete the resource to zero and/or cause beach erosion.”

The main use of the sand is for mixing into concrete. The beach replenishment programmes are, by volume, small jobs for them and good visible public relations exercises. In fact, all groups concerned with any beach replenishments stand to make a lot of money…

Read Full Article, New Zealand Herald

Mining The Sea Sand, A Case Study, New Zealand, by Seafriends
An application for resource consent by Kaipara Excavators to mine large quantities of sea sand over a vast area of sea bottom, during a projected period of over 30 years, had raised concern with government administrators and local communities. What are the environmental consequences of this unproven method of excavation, and how can reasonable limits be drawn to protect benthic life, beaches and dunes? This article aims to provide insight into the problems involved. Although the situation is specific, much of it applies to other places in the world, making this chapter suitable for studies of resource management.