Antigua and Barbuda: How sand mining is eroding the paradisiac coastlines

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The beaches of Antigua and Barbuda are among the most beautiful in the world. On the two islands of this archipelagic state, huge stretches of white sand attract tourists from all over the world.

But they are now in danger. Sand is the second most exploited resource in the world after water.

In Antigua and Barbuda, the construction industry is demanding more and more of this raw material. Sand mines are irreparably destroying this already fragile ecosystem.

Report by Damien Lansade, Cyrille Charpentier and Aditi Bhalotra.

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  1. BARBUDA COUNCIL famous for doing this. A way Fabian Jones fu comment against it??

    • Which Political Party was in Office when all that sand mining went on in BARBUDA? Who got filthy rich from such sale of sands? While the Barbudans were left poor and down trodden. Who were the Principals of that Company known as Antigua Aggregate?

  2. Why the biggest user of Barbuda sand on Barbuda is not mentioned. Why they don’t evaluate what the economic environmentalist de Journo is doing with Barbuda environment with 450 luxury homes, an international airport, and all the ancillary service centers which go with the development. It will take the rest of the sand left for ‘no Peace, no Love and no Happiness’ to supply the luxury and life style of the rich and famous homes, Restaurants, Night Clubs, Shops, all in the non-native zone.
    There are more ways of seizing a country, other than the way Russia is doing, it can be done by industry and tourism. A small population of 1500, on a beautiful nature island where greedy leadership of their central government is willing to collude, can bring the small population to its knees. Barbuda people are being prepared to once more slave/serve in and around the Great Houses of Barbuda.
    It takes a lot of sand to do that!

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