Construction Raw Materials

Jointly hosted workshop by BGR and UNEP/Grid Geneva

16.07.2021 |

Rapidly increasing urbanisation and population growth have led to a significant increase in the global demand for construction raw materials such as sand and gravel. Countries with fast growing metropolitan areas such as India and Indonesia require sand and gravel for the construction of housing and urban infrastructure. At the same time, construction raw materials are usually relatively cheap raw materials that can make a significant contribution to local value creation when used in a responsible manner. Thus, sand has become a strategic resource for sustainable development.

However, sand resources are geologically limited and sand extraction can lead to negative social, environmental and, in the case of inadequate occupational health and safety, severe health impacts like an increased incidence of dust lungs. Good governance of the sand sector is therefore essential to mitigate these negative impacts and ensure that is contributes to local sustainable development. Public policy is an important lever for a just transition to responsible sourcing and management of sand. Yet, given the variety and distribution of sand resources - and the largely domestic and often informal nature of these resource flows - each region and nation has its specific policy needs.

An interactive virtual workshop on 9 July 2021 brought together scientists, government and NGO representatives to discuss successes and failures of sand and gravel governance in different regions around the world. Participants discussed and compared their local and regional research cases, identifying similarities and differences that are important to shaping workable principles for future actions.

The results of the workshop will be fed into a second workshop in fall 2021 and documented in a scientific paper.

Please contact Hannah Maul for further information.



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