Category Archives: Sand Mining

Papua New Guinea’s Seabed To Be Mined For Gold And Copper

Papua New Guinea. Photo source: ©© Norm Hanson


A “new frontier” in mining is set to be opened up by the underwater extraction of resources from the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea, despite vehement objections from environmentalists and local activists…

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Papua New Guinea Coastal Mine Waste Dumping: The Ramu Mine Case, Science Alert, 2011
The dumping of mine tailings waste into the shallow coastal marine environment. At stake are the pristine waters of the Bismarck Sea and the livelihoods of thousands of coastal inhabitants on one hand, and the future of mine waste disposal on the other…

Houses Built on Sand

Hong-Kong land reclamation. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The excessive extraction of oceanic sand has caused the large-scale erosion of China’s shoreline and fisheries, while a lack of regulation has allowed unstable sand to be used in construction…

Large-scale extraction of sand from China’s beaches began in the mid-1990s alongside increases in the domestic construction sector and escalating demand for the resource in both domestic and foreign land reclamation projects…

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Residents outraged over sand mine plan, Australia

Photo source: ©© Tashland


Cape Cleveland residents are furious a sand mine is a step closer to approval, despite being less than a kilometre away from an internationally protected wetland.

Local residents claim removing the sand could damage the wetland at Cape Cleveland Bay, which is protected under the internationally-recognised Ramsar Convention…

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Illegal Sand Mining Complaints; Sindhdurga, India

Maharashtra, India. Photo source: ©© Ryan Brookes


The Times of India reports that a resort in Sindhdurga has complained to the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) of illegal sand dredging in the Mochemaad creek that has destroyed the mangroves.

In its complaint the resort management has pointed out that illegal sand dredging had destroyed the sand dunes, and thereby the mangroves in the area…

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Official Rejects Sand-mining Resumption Proposal

“The Development Control Authority (DCA) fully recognizes the right of unfettered access to all beaches in Antigua and Barbuda by members of the general public. The DCA equally recognizes the disturbing problem of illegal sand mining at beaches across the state that is contributing to the erosion and destruction of several beaches. The DCA views the problem of sand mining as a national one that needs to be addressed with the greatest of urgency…” Captions source: Official Website for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
Photo source: ©© sharkbait


Barbuda Council Member Senator Arthur Nibbs says the indicated position of the Barbuda Council Chairman Calvin Punter that the sister-isle could soon be returning to sand mining in order to cushion heavy-hitting financial challenges, is as unsurprising as it going to be damaging…

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Barbuda’s Counsil Votes On Ending Sand Mining, April 3rd 2012
The Barbuda Council has voted to end sand mining on the sister island, bowing to pressure from within its ranks and environmentalists, after several reports indicated that the operation posed serious health and safety risks…

Undermining Paradise, Barbuda Facebook

Illegal Sand Mining Erodes Riverbanks, Vietnam

Sand dredgers, along the river bank, Vietnam. Photo source: ©© Herve


Illegal sand mining in the Sai Gon River section between Hồ Chí Minh City and Tay Ninh Province to the north-west has caused severe erosion of the river’s banks, including farmland. The section has been illegally mined for so long that more than 76km of the river’s banks in Cu Chi have been seriously eroded…

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Illegal Dredging Causes Major Problems, Vietnam

Turbidity Caused by Sand Dredging Heightens Toxicity Levels and Threaten Marine Life

“Disturbed Waters”, aboard a sand dredger. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac


Monitoring stations at Gladstone Harbour recorded dangerously high turbidity levels at the same time as UNESCO was issuing dire warnings about the possible degradation of the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status…

Queensland Greens spokesperson, Dr Libby Connors says the turbidity caused by dredging in the harbour stirs up sediments containing toxic heavy metals…

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UN Warns Australia To Protect The Great Barrier Of Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, northeastern coast of Australia. It is not a single reef, but a vast maze of reefs, passages, and coral cays (islands that are part of the reef). UNESCO has given Australia eight months to improve management of the Great Barrier Reef before it is listed as “in danger.” Photo source: ©© jamestee


The United Nations has warned Australia not to allow development of new ports along the Great Barrier Reef, as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder is under threat from “unprecedented” coastal development…

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UNESCO Criticises Australia’s Management of Great Barrier Reef, International Business Times Australia
Green groups in Australia have found an ally in the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in protecting the country’s Great Barrier Reef.

UNESCO Slams Great Barrier Of Reef Management, Herald Sun

Minister welcomes UNESCO’s Great Barrier Reef Report

Convention Concerning The Protection Of The World Cultural And Natural Heritage, UNESCO

Australian Government’s Great Barrier Reef Plans’ Questioned

Relief For The Reef, Greenpeace

India’s Illegal Sand Mining Fuels Boom, Ravages Rivers

Sand mining at River Kaliyar, Thennathoor, Kerala, India. Sand mining is a practice that is an ecological problem as the demand for sand increases in industry and construction. Sand is mined from beaches and inland dunes and dredged from ocean beds and river beds. It is often used in manufacturing as an abrasive, and it is used to make concrete. As communities grow, construction requires less wood and more concrete, leading to a demand for low-cost sand. Photo source: ©© Kadavoor


Dozens of dredging boats scour the bottom of the Vaitarna creek all day as workers build pyramids of excavated sand in the villages along its banks. By night, thousands of trucks clog a narrow highway to deliver the sand to construction sites in the sprawling commercial hub of Mumbai nearby.

The fishing village of Narangi in western India and the sand-mining frenzy there illustrate one of the most important questions India faces in its march to become a 21st-century economic powerhouse: Can this nation of 1.2 billion people pursue economic growth without destroying its environment?

Read Full Article, The Washington Post