Illegal beach sand mining. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
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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Photograph SAF – Coastal Care
Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered
Excerpt from AllAfrica, Namibian Press, by Adam Hartman
While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, sand mining companies do seem take advantage of the lack of official control over mining operations.
As reported in the Namibian, “Quarries are also becoming “extremely deep” some having vertical ‘walls’ of 10,5 metres. According to the guidelines, “excavation shall under no circumstances expose the ground water table and shall have slope banks not higher than 4 metros”…
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Read Full Article, “Swakop Sand Miners ‘Doing Their Own Thing’,” November 2010
The Skeleton Coast, Wkipedia
NASA Image, Namibia South Western Coast
Bondi beach, Australia. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Preserving Sydney’s beaches against rising sea levels could cost more than $700 million over the next 50 years and would require the government to reverse its long-standing position regarding offshore sand mining, according to a study on climate change-induced beach erosion…
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Sand barge, Hong Kong. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
The city of Qingdao in Shandong Province is known for its sandy beaches, wild beer festival and its unique architecture. But recent visitors might have noticed something else: ugly dredging vessels pumping sea sand to be used for construction projects.
Boats deliver the sand to construction sites including airports, highways and homes…
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Sand miners, Mumbai.
“Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. The traditional building of one average-sized house requires 200 tons of sand; a hospital requires 3,000 tons of sand; each kilometer of highway built requires 30,000 tons of sand… A nuclear plant, a staggering 12 million tons of sand…” Captions and Photograph by © Denis Delestrac
It’s business as usual for the sand dredging mafia in Thane district, in the absence of any auctioning of the 20-odd sand-rich spots here. Thane is located on Salsette Island, 30kms to the Northeast of Mumbai. According to a rough estimate by revenue officials, they have been plundering natural resources by extracting close to 600 trucks of sand a day…
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Rising sea, Maldives. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac
The government is seriously assessing the potentials of exporting sand to the Maldives as an inter-minister meeting yesterday decided to invite sand importers of Maldives to Bangladesh.
An inter-ministerial meeting held at the land ministry decided to send the invitation through the foreign ministry. The government will step further on this regard after getting specifications of sand quality from them…
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The return of the sand collector. Captions and Photo source: ©© Jeremy Weate
Continued dredging in the state’s shorelines have been described as an illegal activity capable of causing major environmental challenge for Lagos in its bid for environmental sustainability…
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Sand dredger. Photo courtesy of © Denis Delestrac.
After refusing to lift the stay to sand mining in Maharashtra, Bombay High Court today suggested that the government may think of banning sand dredging by machines in the coastal Konkan area, a part of Western Ghats…
Original Article, Dredging Today
Grace Bay beach, Turks and caicos. Photo courtesy of: © Aneta DVOŘÁKOVÁ
Measures are being put in place to regulate sand mining in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
A new offshore sand mining policy will go into effect November 1st 2010, with the first likely target being the channel entrance between Sandy Point and Parrot Cay, the government has announced…
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