Sand Mining

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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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Sand Dredging Threatening Tourism at Top-Rated Kenya Beach

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News, Sand Mining
Feb
23

Unless measures are taken to halt dredging along the south coast beaches once and for all, one of Kenya’s greatest tourism resources could be damaged beyond repair and turn from a crowd puller and award winner in the space of a few months into a marine desert landscape.

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Liberia: Coastal Defense Paradox – Beach Sand Mining Persists

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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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Kenya: Leave the sand on Diani Beach

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News, Sand Mining
Jan
27

Tourism stakeholders in Kenya and local residents of Diani Beach south of Mombasa are up in arms over plans to extract some 5 million tons of sand from award-winning Diani tourist beach.

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Coastal Sand Mining: Govts. Asked to Respond; India

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News, Sand Mining
Jan
27

The Madras High Court has directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a public interest litigation petition seeking a SIT probe into illegal beach sand mining in the State.

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Illegal Sand Mining in South Africa, a Report

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News, Sand Mining
Dec
28

Natural sand from estuary and coastal land is one of South Africa’s most valuable resources. However, there has recently been a drastic increase in uncontrolled and unauthorised sand mining activities in rivers, valleys and estuaries throughout the country.

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Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

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To those of us who visit beaches only in summer, they seem as permanent a part of our natural heritage as the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. But shore dwellers know differently. Beaches are the most transitory of landscapes, and sand beaches the most vulnerable of all.

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Environmental Clearance Confusion Leads to a Spurt in Illegal Mining, India

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News, Sand Mining
Nov
22

A rise in cases of illegal sand mining is being imputed to the requirement of obtaining environment clearance, as mandated in the Deepak Kumar judgment given by the apex court of India.

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Competing Interests Over Prospect of Sand Mining

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News, Sand Mining
Nov
16

Competing public interests over the prospect of sand mining off the Vineyard came to the floor during a public discussion hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission late this week.

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India’s Central Government To Take Up Illegal Sand Mining With States

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News, Sand Mining
Oct
30

Concerned over large scale illegal sand mining across states, the Union mines ministry has convened meeting of all States and Union Territories next week to discuss the legal and administrative frameworks in place in each state to govern sand mining and the actual experience of states in handling such cases.

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    Sand Dredging Threatening Tourism at Top-Rated Kenya Beach

    sand-mined-shores

    February 23rd, 2015

    Unless measures are taken to halt dredging along the south coast beaches once and for all, one of Kenya’s greatest tourism resources could be damaged beyond repair and turn from a crowd puller and award winner in the space of a few months into a marine desert landscape.

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    Liberia: Coastal Defense Paradox – Beach Sand Mining Persists

    sand-mining-coastal-care

    February 8th, 2015

    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.

    Read More

    Kenya: Leave the sand on Diani Beach

    diani-beach

    January 27th, 2015

    Tourism stakeholders in Kenya and local residents of Diani Beach south of Mombasa are up in arms over plans to extract some 5 million tons of sand from award-winning Diani tourist beach.

    Read More

    Coastal Sand Mining: Govts. Asked to Respond; India

    sand-miner-mumbai

    January 27th, 2015

    The Madras High Court has directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a public interest litigation petition seeking a SIT probe into illegal beach sand mining in the State.

    Read More

    Illegal Sand Mining in South Africa, a Report

    sand-mining-south-africa-denis-delestrac

    December 28th, 2014

    Natural sand from estuary and coastal land is one of South Africa’s most valuable resources. However, there has recently been a drastic increase in uncontrolled and unauthorised sand mining activities in rivers, valleys and estuaries throughout the country.

    Read More

    Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

    beach-sand-mining

    December 4th, 2014

    To those of us who visit beaches only in summer, they seem as permanent a part of our natural heritage as the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. But shore dwellers know differently. Beaches are the most transitory of landscapes, and sand beaches the most vulnerable of all.

    Read More

    Environmental Clearance Confusion Leads to a Spurt in Illegal Mining, India

    sand-mining-mumbai

    November 22nd, 2014

    A rise in cases of illegal sand mining is being imputed to the requirement of obtaining environment clearance, as mandated in the Deepak Kumar judgment given by the apex court of India.

    Read More

    Competing Interests Over Prospect of Sand Mining

    dredger

    November 16th, 2014

    Competing public interests over the prospect of sand mining off the Vineyard came to the floor during a public discussion hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission late this week.

    Read More

    India’s Central Government To Take Up Illegal Sand Mining With States

    sand-miner-mumbai

    October 30th, 2014

    Concerned over large scale illegal sand mining across states, the Union mines ministry has convened meeting of all States and Union Territories next week to discuss the legal and administrative frameworks in place in each state to govern sand mining and the actual experience of states in handling such cases.

    Read More

    Offshore Sand And Gravel Extraction Threat

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    October 14th, 2014

    When Superstorm Sandy rolled over the Jersey shore, it washed away some 20 million cubic yards of beach sand. Replacing that resource is not optional, many believe, because decimated beaches kill tourism economies and leave coastal areas more vulnerable to damage from the next storm.

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