Category Archives: Sand Mining

Newspaper Editor Charged For Sand Mining

La Sagesse, beach erosion, Grenada. Sand mining in Grenada has been identified as one of the main contributing factors to beach degradation. Photo source: ©© shaggyshoo


Newspaper Editor, George Worme, who has used his newspaper to expose what he sees as corruption in Grenada, has been arrested and charged for stealing sand, police have said.

Under Grenadian law it is illegal to extract sand from the beaches and such a crime carries a penalty of EC$15,000 (US$5,555) or two years in prison…

Read Full Article, Jamaica Observer

Grenada Beach Sand Mining, Unesco
Sand mining in Grenada has been identified as one of the main contributing factors to beach degradation. Beach sand accounts for 100% of the fine aggregate used for construction purposes. In recent years rapid growth in tourism, building of private homes and businesses and the laying down of new agricultural roads have generated a marked increase in the demand for beach sand…

Lagos ready to battle illegal sand miners, Nigeria

Nigeria, sand collectors. Captions and Photo source: ©© Jeremey Weate


The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday said the government had no choice but to wage “serious war” against illegal sand miners in the state…

Read Full Article, Punch

Nigeria: Coastline Erosion, Sand Mining Threat to Lagos, All’Africa

Sand Mining In Badagry Suspended Due To Environmental Degradation
Governor Fashola of Lagos State has ordered the suspension of all forms of surface sand mining in Badagry area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria, as a result of environmental degradation. The suspension is sequel to a petition written by a resident in Badagry.

Sand mining damages Nigeria’s shoreline; Al Jazeera Youtube Video (09-03-2014)

Sand Mining in Nigeria: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Sand Mining Throughout Coastal Liberia

The return of the sand collector. Captions and Photo source: ©© Jeremy Weate


Sand Mining: Do We Want a Repeat of Buchanan Throughout Coastal Liberia?

“The city of Buchanan, Liberia, is gradually being swept away by sea erosion; and if nothing is done about it, Buchanan will one day be nothing but a memory. The government, through its Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LM&E), should do a comprehensive study of that situation and make recommendations as to how the city can be saved before it is too late.

But there is an even more serious matter that should claim the urgent attention of the LM&E. It is the issue of sand mining in Monrovia and its environs.

In an article entitled “The Effects of Sand Mining on the Liberian Coast,” Liberian Observer environmental columnist, warned that the government might be “compelled to spend millions of dollars to combat sea erosion if care is not taken.” As much as sand is needed to meet human needs, it requires “efficient and effective resource management to ensure sustainable development.”

The article called for the collective effort of policy makers, sand contractors, engineers, traditional rulers and local residents to find a preventive solution to what the author called “the impending environmental danger.”

All stakeholders, said the author, have to ensure that sand mining “is conducted in a responsible manner.” The reason: depletion of sand in the streambed and along coastal areas causes the deepening of rivers and estuaries (wide tidal mouths of rivers).

Uncontrollable sand mining could also lead to salt water intrusion inland. More over, and perhaps even more dangerous, uncontrolled sand mining could affect the sea level rise…”

Read Full Article, Liberian Observer

Liberia: Sand Mining Worries Citizens, All’Africa

Unabated Illegal sand Mining And The Danger it Poses

Land Lost to Sand Dredging

Sand Barges, Mekong. Photo source: ©© Mobyhill


Cambodia has struggled with the environmental cost of sand mining from its rivers, as private businesses get licenses from local government to dig up sand from riverbeds and use it for commercial projects.

Villagers who live along the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia’s eastern Kampong Cham province, say that the land on which their houses are built is collapsing into the river because of the dredging.

Cambodia has grappled with the environmental cost of sand dredging for years.

A 2010 report from the U.K. and U.S. based environmental group Global Witness estimated that some some 796,000 tons of sand per month were dug up in Koh Kong province alone, including in protected wildlife areas…

Read Full Article, RFA

Sand For Sale: Environment Ravages, Denis D. Gray
Round a bend in Cambodia’s Tatai River and the virtual silence of a tropical idyll turns suddenly into an industrial nightmare. Lush jungle hills give way to a flotilla of dredgers operating 24 hours a day, scooping up sand and piling it onto ocean-bound barges. The churned-up waters and fuel discharges, villagers say, have decimated the fish so vital to their livelihoods. Riverbanks are beginning to collapse, and the din and pollution are killing a promising ecotourism industry…

Illegal Dredging Causes Major Problems, Vietnam

Vietnam, sand dredgers. Photo source: ©© t-dawg


Unchecked and illegal sand dredging have been attributed to severe landslide on March 21, that washed away three houses into the Dong Nai River, in the South Central Coastal region of Vietnam.

“The agencies are investigating the cause of frequent landslides along the banks of the Dong Nai River, but with over 10 companies involved in sand dredging in the area, the possibility of it being sole cause of recurring landslides is very high..”

Read Full Article, Dredging Today

New crack down on river sand dredging, Viet Nam News

Vietnam: Police Takes Action Against Illegal Sand Dredging

Sand Mining in Mekong River Vietnam : a Youtube Video

Dubai’s Staggering Growth

Uploaded by NASA / EarthObservatory on Jan 17, 2012


To expand the possibilities for beachfront development, Dubai undertook a massive engineering project to create hundreds of artificial islands along its Persian Gulf coastline.

Built from sand dredged from the sea floor, and protected from erosion by rock breakwaters, the islands are shaped in recognizable forms such as palm trees. As the islands grew, so did the city.

The above video includes satellite images showing the growth of Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates, between 2000 and 2011.

Taken by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite, the false-color images were made from visible and infrared light. Bare desert is tan, plant-covered land is red, water is black, and urban areas are silver.

In 2000, the area was nearly entirely undeveloped. By 2011, whole city blocks had sprung up. Offshore, the first palm-shaped island, Palm Jumeirah, reached completion.

Environmental Impacts of The Palm Islands Construction
The construction of the Palm Islands and The World, for all Nakheel’s attempts to do otherwise, have had a clear and significant impact on the surrounding environment. It would be impossible to introduce a change of such magnitude to an established ecosystem and not anticipate any negative changes or reactions in the area’s wildlife and natural processes. The construction of the various islands off the coast of Dubai has resulted in changes in area wildlife, coastal erosion and alongshore sediment transport, and wave patterns. Sediment stirred up by construction has suffocated and injured local marine fauna and reduced the amount of sunlight filtered down to seashore vegetation. Variations in alongshore sediment transport have resulted in changes in erosion patterns along the UAE coast, which has also been exacerbated by altered wave patterns as the waters of the Gulf attempt to move around the new obstruction of the islands.

The World is sinking: Dubai islands ‘falling into the sea,’ The Telegraph
The “World”, the ambitiously-constructed archipelago of islands shaped like the countries of the globe, is sinking back into the sea, according to evidence cited before a property tribunal. Their sands are eroding and the navigational channels between them are silting up…

Palm Islands, Satellite Images, NASA
Along the coast of Dubai—one of several emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates—are human-made islands. From south to north, the artificial island sites in this image are Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, The World, and Palm Deira. Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Jumeirah appear largely complete in this image, looking like giant palm trees enclosed in huge arcs.

Slipping Sands Of Time Hit Dubai’s World, Time Magazine
The World islands off the coast of Dubai are sinking. The development, consisting of 300 islands, was designed to look like the countries of the globe when seen from above (or from the top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building onshore in the city). The islands were intended to become luxury hotel complexes and private properties, each tailor-made to suit its owners…

Coastal Erosion Threatens Evolutionary Hotspots, Green Prophet
A shoreline expert is concerned about the toll construction and shoreline projects are having on the world’s marine ecosystems. Looking at the intensive construction projects ongoing in the Gulf region, such as Dubai’s The World, and over-pumping of aquifers by the Palestinian and Israeli authorities, Berne sees the current management of shorelines as a disaster. In an interview with Green Prophet, Berne points out the problems in the Middle East and gives alternative solutions, such as offshore ports powered by solar energy, to stop soil erosion and habitat loss…

Some Relief for the Reef

Photo source: © Greenpeace


As the UNESCO mission draws to a close after investigating impacts of mining infrastructure on the Great Barrier Reef, Greenpeace, launched the beginning of a vital new campaign – to protect the Great Barrier Reef and our climate from the reckless expansion of the coal export industry, and WWF calls on Minister Burke to place a moratorium on approving new large-scale industrial developments until a comprehensive assessment of environmental impacts has been completed…

United Nations experts will be presented with a petition that has more than 100,000 signatures on it, calling for an end to dredging and development near the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland…

Group to Hand Petition to UN reef Mission

Some relief for the reef, Greenpeace
It was a huge week. And it was capped off by a crucial announcement on Sunday: Approval to build the world’s biggest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef has been delayed.

WWF Calls for Moratorium on Great Barrier Reef Development, Dredging Today

Save The Reef… from coal, Greenpeace

Economist backs Greenpeace reef campaign, ABC News Australia
Economic researcher says Greenpeace is right to be fighting the coal industry over an increase in coal mines and shipping near the Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef awaits UN verdict