Sand Abstraction Drives Land Degradation
- 27 Jun
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The extraction of sand and clay is one of the major drivers of land degradation in Zimbabwe’s urban, semi urban, rural service centres centre as well as growth points. , According to assessments carried out by the Environmental Management Agency in the past decade, sand and clay extraction is done mainly for construction. Development Goal number 15 aims at combating desertification as well as halting and reversing land degradation.
Most of the miners of sand and clay do so from undesignated points and do not rehabilitate the land afterwards. The abandoned sites are characterised by huge open pits which are a death trap to human beings and animals. Limited livelihood options to the urban dwellers have worsened the country’s disposition to illegal sand mining.