Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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CSI papers 1

Sand Mining: a Position Paper from Montserrat

Alan Gunne-Jones,
Physical Planning Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, Trade & Environment,
Walter Christopher,
Ministry of Agriculture, Trade & Environment, Montserrat

Abstract

Sand mining has been an accepted tradition in Montserrat for many years, this has caused the progressive destruction of many beaches. The paper reviews the history and the attempts to control sand mining since the 1970s. It is only since Hurricane Hugo in 1989, that serious efforts to control the mining and to establish alternative sources of fine aggregate, have been implemented with some degree of success. The recreational beaches on the west coast were beginning to display the benefits of a controlled sand mining policy. The commencement of volcanic activity in July 1995 has necessitated the revision of this policy in the light of new physical conditions.

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