Outrage Over Proposed Beach Sand Mining in France

Outrage Over Proposed Beach Sand Mining in France

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Anglet, France. Photo source: ©© Akynou
Anglet lies on the southern western coast of France, between the two larger towns of Biarritz and Bayonne.
Anglet’s coastal quartiers, the “Chiberta and Chambre d’Amour”, both offer long expanses of sandy surfing beaches, which are part of the Côte Basque.

Empêchons la vente du sable des plages publiques d’Anglet
By SOS Littoral France;

“Il est totalement scandaleux et inadmissible que le sable des plages d’Anglet fasse l’objet d’une opération commerciale. Ce sable, véritable héritage de notre passé, est un bien public qui appartient aux plages, zones récréatives fréquentées par les baigneurs, les surfeurs, les marcheurs, les joggeurs, les pêcheurs et les touristes. De plus il est indispensable dans la lutte contre l’érosion et le recul du trait de côte financés par les contribuables de l’agglomération Côte Basque Adour (ACBA). Si lors des campagnes de dragages, les conditions météorologiques sont défavorables à l’engraissement des plages, ce sable peut être stocké au large en attendant alors que s’il est déposé à terre et vendu, il sera perdu pour toujours. Il faut évoluer vers une gestion durable du sable littoral ce qui n’est pas le cas aujourd’hui avec la modification de cet arrêté. Mobilisons-nous massivement pour sauver les plages d’Anglet en signant et en diffusant rapidement cette pétition.”—SOS Littoral France

Translation:
It is an utter shame that Anglet beaches’sand is being sold. This very sand, a true heritage from our past, is of public nature and does belong to our beaches and to all the beach lovers, swimmers, surfers, hickers, fishermen and tourists. Sand plays an indispensable role as natural buffer against coastal erosion, erosion that has become so costly for our local taxpayers (ACBA). Sand dredging, beach renourishment and sand harvesting operations only hinder at too high of a cost, the natural process of beach accretion. We do need to embrace sustainable ways to manage our precious coastal environment, thus combat the unsustainable current legislation.

Let’s save the sand and the beaches of Anglet! Please sign in the Petition: Stop Sand Mining on Anglet’s beaches

Original Article, SOS Littoral France, AVAAZ


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PETITION: Stop Sand Mining on Anglet’s beaches

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