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Investigators from World Bank Report New Data on Natural Resources

June 20, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Ecology, Environment & Conservation -- Research findings on Natural Resources are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Washington, District of Columbia, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The growing demand for construction materials in South Tarawa, a remote atoll in the South Pacific, provides an example of the environmental and social challenges associated with the use of non-renewable resources in the context of small island countries threatened by coastal erosion and climate change. In many small Pacific island countries, the availability of construction materials is limited, with the majority mined from beaches and coastal reefs in an unsustainable manner."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from World Bank, "Growing demand for construction aggregates is resulting in more widespread sand mining by communities along vulnerable sections of exposed beach and reefs. This has serious consequences for coastal erosion and impacts on reef ecosystem processes, consequences that cannot be easily managed. Construction materials are also in high demand for infrastructure projects which are financed in part with support from international development agencies and donors. This paper reviews the various challenges and risks that aggregate mining poses to reefs, fish, and the coastal health of South Tarawa and argues that the long term consequences from ad hoc beach/reef mining over large areas are likely to be far greater than the impacts associated with environmentally sustainable, organized extraction."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The paper concludes with policy recommendations that are also relevant for neighbouring island countries facing similar challenges."

For more information on this research see: Sustainably managing natural resources and the need for construction materials in Pacific island countries: The example of South Tarawa, Kiribati. Natural Resources Forum, 2014;38(1):58-66. Natural Resources Forum can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Natural Resources Forum -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Babinard, World Bank, Sustainable Dev Department, Washington, DC 20433, United States. Additional authors for this research include C.R. Bennett, M.E. Hatziolos, A. Faiz and A. Somani.

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