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The world’s beaches are being mined for sand for a variety of uses (aggregate in concrete, fill, beach renourishment). The practice is often very destructive and poorly managed (or unmanaged). This is a global phenomenon (Morocco, Caribbean Islands, India, South Africa and more). This theft of beach and dune sand is a direct cause of erosion along many shorelines. It is very damaging to the beach fauna and flora, ruinous to beach aesthetics, and frequently causes environmental damage to other coastal ecosystems associated with the beach such as wetlands.

Another major impact of beach sand mining is the loss of protection from storms surges associated with tropical cyclones and tsunamis. Some communities affected by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean had higher storm surges probably due to beach sand mining resulting in fatalities. Sometimes it is difficult to tell that a beach has been mined. Sand extraction becomes difficult to recognize as the beach readjusts to a new profile after a few storms. But historic accounts of beaches in the Caribbean often reveal that beaches have been narrowed considerably. Mining is particularly senseless in a time of rising sea level when sand is sorely needed as a storm energy buffer.

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Goa’s Beaches Best Kept Secret: Illegal Sand Mining, India

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Sand mining is banned in Goa, but even when a NDTV team filmed openly, nobody blinked an eye.The Goa state’s entire 63-mile coastline is eroded, and some beaches have lost as much as 65 feet of landmass in recent years.

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No sand mining in fishing areas, India

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The State government cancelled all the sand mining leases in in coastal areas and would not be giving out new licences.

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Raised Awareness on Illegal Sand Mining, St Kitts

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Illegal sand mining across St. Kitts, has become more pronounced with the boom in the construction industry. As a result, several problems have arisen and it became necessary, as a means of deterrence, to educate the general public on the negative effects of the unlawful activity.

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Whole coastline of Namibia is designated a national park

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Namibia has become what is thought to be the first country to designate its entire coastline a national park. Namibia designates its entire 976-mile coastline a national park, consolidating several existing preserves into the 26.6 million-acre Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park.

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Singapore Extends Its Coastlines With Illegally Dredged Sand

Singapore, one of the world’s most prosperous and fastest growing economies, is being accused of expanding its coastline with illegally dredged sand from neighboring states.

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First Artificial Island to Be Built In The Americas

Boskalis is sourcing the sand for the land reclamation process from its own borrow area…

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Beach mining study bodes well for prospectors

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Beach mining has received favorable reviews in a two-year study conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Illegal Sand Miners Remain Unfazed, India

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Illegal mining of sand along Mumbai and Maharashtra’s picturesque Konkan coast is threatening to destroy the fragile western coastline. This activity is being done in gross violation of the new coastal regulation norm that has banned sand mining along beaches and creeks.

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Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia

While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, concern is mounting over the uncontrolled sand mining taking place in the Swakop River, which is creating dangerous conditions as well as causing severe environmental damage.

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    Benin: Erosion-inducing coastal sand mining to be outlawed

    April 30th, 2009

    Faced with rising sea levels and coastal erosion caused in part by coastal sand mining, carting away of free beach sand for commercial uses, the national government has begun a campaign to save its coastal sand by digging up sand inland, instead. But communities near these newly-created sand collection spots are fighting back.

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    Mining Of Coastal Sand: A Critical Environmental And Economic Problem For Morocco

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    March 25th, 2009

    In Morocco, the extraction of beach and dune sand for use in the construction industry is destroying significant portions of the nation’s natural heritage.

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    Slideshow: The Global Impacts Of Beach Sand Mining

    February 25th, 2009

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    February 16th, 2009

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    Would it still be Miami Beach with Foreign Sand?

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