Illegal sand mining is ruining these countries’ ecosystems

This is a 30 minutes video report by Vice News which reports on the sand mining taking place in Bangladesh’s rivers.   This river mining for sand is taking place on a massive scale, much of it being conducted illegally.   It is having a profound ecological impact on the country’s rivers.   Whilst the sand is being used as an essential component of concrete and aiding Bangladesh’s own economic development, a substantial but unrecorded amount is being exported to other Asian countries and, in particular, Singapore to provide for land reclamation and that country’s economic development.
Original source of this item: Kiran Pereira’s SandStories Newsletter, September 2021


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