What is Sustainable Sand Mining?
- 26 Feb
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There are many drivers of land degradation in Zimbabwe which include deforestation, veld fires, unsustainable farming practices and sand mining. Sand mining is emerging as one of the major drivers to land degradation in urban, semi urban and rural service centres centre as well as growth points, mainly due to construction activities. For thousands of years, sand and gravel have been used in the construction of roads and buildings.
In as much as sand mining is an essential component of the construction industry, it has to be done in a sustainable manner, ensuring that future generations will enjoy the same benefits from the environment. This involves mining from designated sites, and rehabilitating the land afterwards. If these aspects are adhered to it means that the environment will not be degraded with huge open pits which are a death trap to human beings and animals.