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I would add SDG 11 since sand extraction is also extremely linked to the infrastructure we need to build cities, roads, etc
Good. You should research on the criteria adopted to decide protected areas at national level? There also must be guidelines from IOs available. I think you could also take into account social factors, as well as environmental, and maybe Mine the Gap could help you on this.
Would love to read what happened with this. Your interpretations about the meeting?
For documentation purposes, you should explain further the decision of these two hotspots.
Main objective would be to turn "no-go zones" into real protected areas? In this case you may need to talk more specifically about national institutions responsible for naming protecting areas and strategic NGOs and IOs who could put pressure in governments to name specific protected areas due to the sand crisis. It may also be recommendable to label the level of endangered the area has. (Ex: Very High, High. In process to be high, stable, stabilizing, etc.)
I think this is a great idea - a thorough case study analysis could really uncover some of the hidden factors behind unregulated sand extraction. These kinds of fine-grained analyses take a lot of time and effort, so I hope that your team is prepared! In addition to the other great points the other comments have made, I had a concern as well. What will your team deliver in the end in terms of a prototype or tangible deliverable? Will it be a website? or video?
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How the data will be collected? Do you think about a collaborative approach? Who would be the contributors and how the information will be verified?
As mentioned in other coments, I iconsider other important actors as main target audience. Are you sure companies are part of this main audience? This initiative wouldn't affect their freedom and inmunity regarding sand extraction, and may also therefore increase their costs or put pressure for additional regulation over them? If this is real, why would they use the platform and embrace it? I would focus in the actors who could give the tool a good use and more important, would intereted in using it to implement policy.
I think this is a great way to understand potential causes to sand mining - I'm getting the impression that many of our projects will not explore the deep, root causes of unsustainable sand extraction like you guys will! I wonder if its possible to scale your project up. Doing case-study research is very involved and cannot be reduced to data inputs, especially with your thorough and ethnographic approach. How will you expand the project to include more communities, more places or more cases?
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Love your platform! I was thinking that it might be interesting for you to build bridges with all of the other available platforms. For example, you can advertise each other through blog posts and complement each other in all the information you're providing. It's important that people fighting for a common purpose are united (:
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This platform is for anyone who wants to document projects they are doing towards tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or who wants to get inspired by other people’s projects, re-use them or re-purpose them.The platform is based on Build in Progress, which was developed for documenting maker projects by Tiffany Tseng of MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten, as part of her Ph.D. thesis. It has been re-purposed by Oday Darwich of University of Geneva’s Citizen Cyberlab, as part of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (GTI) for the Sustainable Development Goals.
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