Singapore Extends Its Coastlines With Illegally Dredged Sand

Singapore Accused of Sand Smuggling

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Singapore Extends Its Coastlines With Illegally Dregded Sand From Neighbourings States

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Sand barge. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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.

Singapore has been importing sand for years and its territory has increased by over 20% in the last half century, but sand imports are now threatening the regional ecosystem and harming its economy.

Professor Chou Loke Ming from the Biological Science Center of the National Institute of Singapore says, “We have been taking sand from our hills and then, when there are no more hills left, we have been dredging sand from sea beds, and now most of it is been imported from neighboring countries.”

Singapore is today the world’s largest importer of sand, literally the foundation of the tiny state’s extraordinary economic growth.

But with other countries in the region, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia, banning sand exports, reclaiming more land has become a difficult task for this tiny island city-state. At least legally, there are some accusations that sand smuggling is making up the shortfall.

Critics say it is a dirty business, with illegal imports of sand coming from poorer neighboring countries…

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