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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New Zealand May Kick Start Race To Mine The Ocean Floor

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
17

New Zealand decides tomorrow whether to approve to mine the black sands off the oceanfloor in the southern Taranaki Bight, that would likely become the world’s first commercial metals mine at the bottom of the sea.

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Sand Mafia Behind Sudden Release Of Water?

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
11

Environmental activists believe that dam officials are bribed by a sand mafia to open the gates at one go instead of releasing the water slowly, as is being done in other dams. The fast discharge of a huge volume of water leads to large amount of sand getting settled on riverbeds, which dry up fast.

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Mining For Smartphones – “Coast, Coral and Community,” A Documentary Series

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A remote island of the Indonesian archipelago is being stripped off its forests and dug up for tin used in millions of mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Tin mining is taking its toll on the island’s coastline, damaging mangrove forests that help protect it from tropical storms and big waves.

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A Tracking System To Check Illegal Mining, Maharashtra, India

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News, Sand Mining
May
22

Even though stringent laws are in place to curb illegal sand mining, they are frequently violated. Pune division will soon emulate the Solapur model of barcoding system that aims to check illegal sand mining. The authorities will issue a barcoded slip to the driver ferrying sand and track the vehicle from the loading spot to the delivery point.

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Each Grain Of Sand Matters, An Interview With Denis Delestrac

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“Chaque grain de sable compte. ” A Greenpeace-Suisse interview with “Sand Wars” film director Denis Delestrac.

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Closure Of Illegal Beach Sand Quarries, Togo

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News, Sand Mining
May
10

The Togolese Minister of Mines, Noupokou Dammipi, said that the recent decision by the Government to close down 90% of the illegal sand quarries, was justified by reasons pertaining to environmental protection.

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Beach Sand Mining Detrimental Effects Explained, Saint- Louis, Senegal

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Environmental expert Babacar Gaye explains how gravely coastal erosion is affecting Senegal, notably underlying the detrimental consequences of sand mining in Saint-Louis’ region (Barbary Tongue).

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Illegal Sand Mining Stopped, South Africa

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Ethekwini Municipality has secured a high court order, shutting down what it says is an illegal sand mining operation in an environmentally sensitive area in Cato Ridge, near Durban.

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Man Shot At For Taking On Sand Mafia

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A group of sand miners operating near the Yamuna riverbed allegedly shot at a man on Saturday night for opposing illegal sand mining taking place on his land. This is the second incident of the sand mafia opening fire in the past one week…

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    Mining For Smartphones – “Coast, Coral and Community,” A Documentary Series

    bangka-tin-mining

    May 29th, 2014

    A remote island of the Indonesian archipelago is being stripped off its forests and dug up for tin used in millions of mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Tin mining is taking its toll on the island’s coastline, damaging mangrove forests that help protect it from tropical storms and big waves.

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    A Tracking System To Check Illegal Mining, Maharashtra, India

    sand-miner

    May 22nd, 2014

    Even though stringent laws are in place to curb illegal sand mining, they are frequently violated. Pune division will soon emulate the Solapur model of barcoding system that aims to check illegal sand mining. The authorities will issue a barcoded slip to the driver ferrying sand and track the vehicle from the loading spot to the delivery point.

    Read More

    Each Grain Of Sand Matters, An Interview With Denis Delestrac

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    May 17th, 2014

    “Chaque grain de sable compte. ” A Greenpeace-Suisse interview with “Sand Wars” film director Denis Delestrac.

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    Closure Of Illegal Beach Sand Quarries, Togo

    lome-togo

    May 10th, 2014

    The Togolese Minister of Mines, Noupokou Dammipi, said that the recent decision by the Government to close down 90% of the illegal sand quarries, was justified by reasons pertaining to environmental protection.

    Read More

    Beach Sand Mining Detrimental Effects Explained, Saint- Louis, Senegal

    saint-louis-senegal

    May 9th, 2014

    Environmental expert Babacar Gaye explains how gravely coastal erosion is affecting Senegal, notably underlying the detrimental consequences of sand mining in Saint-Louis’ region (Barbary Tongue).

    Read More

    Illegal Sand Mining Stopped, South Africa

    sand-mining-south-africa

    May 5th, 2014

    Ethekwini Municipality has secured a high court order, shutting down what it says is an illegal sand mining operation in an environmentally sensitive area in Cato Ridge, near Durban.

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    Man Shot At For Taking On Sand Mafia

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    May 5th, 2014

    A group of sand miners operating near the Yamuna riverbed allegedly shot at a man on Saturday night for opposing illegal sand mining taking place on his land. This is the second incident of the sand mafia opening fire in the past one week…

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    Beach Sand Mining Defaced Algeria’s Eastern Coastal Region

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    April 25th, 2014

    Illegal beach sand mining activities also plague the eastern Algerian coastal region. Despite a strict ban on sand mining, some powerful and yet unidentified people, are discreetly networking with the sand mafia to take over huge quantities of stolen sand close to the Algerian and Tunisian border.

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    Environmental Concern : Sand Mining Goes Unabatted! Oran, Algeria

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    April 25th, 2014

    Despite a large police deployment, illegal beach sand mining activities keep on expanding in the western region of Algeria, notably in Oran.

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    Sand mining: The Greatest Threat To The Coastline of Ghana

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    April 24th, 2014

    Beach sand mining has been identified to be widespread along the Ghanaian coastline, where almost every pocket of sandy beach is mined by commercial contractors or by groups of individuals.

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