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We are Alice, Gerry, Angelica, Natacha, Caleb, Adrian, Rebecca and Daniela and together we are team SandX - looking for an innovative way to help the sand crisis to be known.

Our aim is to collect data on the extraction of sand by creating an interactive map, using things like satellite images to videos, pictures and (news) stories. Join us on our journey to reach this ambitious goal through reading our continuously updated project journal here on SDGinProgress.

If you are a company interested in our project, please proceed reading Proposal 2 - SandX below. 

 

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sandxmap@gmail.com                                                                          sandx_org on Instagram

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSvnSb6_k7Y&feature=youtu.be

November 1, 2018 at 8:26 AM
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Our first few project discussions thought of crowdsourcing as a cool, innovative way to get data close to the sand mining spots. We thought that involving locals and people tools could not only provide data, but also provide a humanizing glimpse into the adverse effects of sand mining. 

We sought experts since our group had no experience in crowdsourcing, luckily enough a couple worked just a few floors above our space, and agreed to meet and chat with us about it. 

Jose and Adhuhama, creators of crowd4ems.com and other crowdsourcing projects, gave us feedback on our ideas. They gave us a bunch of tools and spoke frankly about the practical value of crowdsourcing (the summary of which is above).

We walked away from that meeting with a lot to consider, as how crowdsourcing is embedded in the politics of the situation, how social media and other websites can shed light on the reality of the situation, but also how AI could be a useful tool to quickly and automatically analyze satellite images of hotspots.

November 1, 2018 at 12:55 PM
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While the first half was getting valuable knowledge on Crowd-sourcing, the second half of the group presented how our project was going to the class. We prepared an amazing video to present our group as "SANDX - Finding the X for Sand", a project dedicated to filling the data gap in sand extraction, how the infrastructure boom is fueling an insatiable hunger for sand, and how we need to make the impacts of said hunger visible to experts. The presentation ended with a final explanation of our project's logic,  goals and methods. 

And thanks to Caleb's ingenuity, our group finally decided on a name. SandX!

The 'x' in SANDX stands for the perennial algebraic "what is x?". The variable expresses how little we all know about the sand crisis and our ultimate vision to 'solve for x' when it comes to sand crisis data.)

 

 

 

 

 

November 1, 2018 at 1:10 PM
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I love your explanation for the name of the project. Kudos!!
9 months ago
I really love your project name. It is a perfect and very smart idea!
9 months ago
The name is genius! Catchy!
Love the video too.
9 months ago
Name and meaning of the project is AWESOME!
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What we are learning is that projects go through many iterations, and with every iteration our project comes a bit more into focus. A big part of iteration is pitching. Everyday workshop day we pitch our project at least two times to our peers, supervisors and people from outside. Their valuable insight always flows back into our next project discussions. 

November 2, 2018 at 11:26 AM
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Natascha found a local construction company willing to invite us to tour their place. This will be a perfect time to ask questions and learn more about how construction companies see sand extraction.

It will also be a good time to discuss our project with the company and see their thoughts on our project. 

November 7, 2018 at 1:06 PM
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This is a very interesting and important way to measure the viability of the project. It is a test to see how real is the innovative solution you are creating.
9 months ago
Would you also ask them where they source their sand from? (or do you already know the answer to this?)
I think it'd be interesting to know where sand is sourced from (do the construction companies even know?) for construction purposes in Switzerland..

I would also ask if there is an awareness amongst the construction companies in Switzerland about the sand problem.
Furthermore, I wonder if they are aware of the alternatives and would be open to experiment with them (just thinking out loud..)

Exciting project! Can't wait to read more :)
9 months ago
Would love to read what happened with this.
Your interpretations about the meeting?
9 months ago

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Our first pitch to outsiders - namely the ITU - was a success, especially with the video. This means that our project already has the potential to generate buy-in right off the bat in a pitch situation. 

However, we received less feedback on our project itself.

November 7, 2018 at 1:08 PM
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Awesome!! This is great to read!
9 months ago
For the pitches maybe you can keep shorter your video and talk little bit more. Even though it is a great video and I had so much fun watching fun, I would prefer little bit more talk on the project.
9 months ago

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To figure out how to best project and visualize the data we collect, we (adrian) discussed what geomapping tools best fit our needs. We also discussed with Davide F. and Charlotte, who are our supervisors and work in this field. We are having some issues, because our first choice (Google earth) is apperently not embedable in websites. The second choice is Google MyMaps, we discussed many but this seemed to be the best fit, since it's really easy to understand and handle. There is just one problem, Files can not exceed a certain size (5MB for .kml Files). We are still looking at alternatives including CesiumJS, OpenstreetMap, Mapbox, etc.

November 7, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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Data visualization is a fascinating topic. What were the geomapping tools you discussed? Did you do a pro/contra list?
9 months ago

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We need to provide initial data to our interactive map to locate sand mining zones. 

November 7, 2018 at 1:11 PM
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An important question that I was asked while surveying people on World Investment Forum was that there is a lot of sand in the ocean. What are the real impacts of the extraction of sand in deep waters? Maybe an image could be created (simulation) of the ecosystem conditions and the islands nearby and how it is affected by the extraction.
9 months ago
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?
9 months ago
Like Marcelo, I am curious to understand as to how you define which are the zones to be protected? How do you measure this? How can you predict the zones who will be most endangoured?
9 months ago

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To identify hot-spots, we need to get a sense of what would make a sand mining zone a 'no-go' zone. Seeing as how tjere's no general, global or even regional consensus on which zones would be no go zones, we will review literature and cases on current no-go zones, especially of protected ecological or conservation zones, to see how these zones are classified. 

November 7, 2018 at 1:13 PM
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This step must have been difficult to tackle. What kinds of articles did you read? From the IUCN?
9 months ago
Maybe it would be interesting to contact Giulia Carbone from the roundtable. She seemed to be quite knowledgeable about this topic.
9 months ago
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.
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We created a short video that explains why sand mining is reaching 'crisis' levels and how our project aims to bring data and awareness around the subject. 

The final video is available on this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSvnSb6_k7Y&feature=youtu.be

November 7, 2018 at 1:14 PM
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Great video!!! Amazing work!
9 months ago
It is an amazing video! It perfectly summarize your project
and immediately catches attention.
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To make sure the video flows well and connects with our intended audiences, Caleb has shown the video to our individual group members, our classmates, the workshop runners to first see how the video can be improved. The feedbacks were really positive!

November 7, 2018 at 1:15 PM
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However, after pitching our project realization two weeks into our project, it turned out showing the impact of sand extraction and its environmental (and social) impacts on maps is difficult to show. It is not also data scarce but sand can also disappear for entirely different reasons such as erosion or rise in sea level.

We then asked ourselves the following questions: 

What was our project really about? Our actual stake in it?
Were we not forward thinking enough? Who are we helping? What kinds of data do we need? 

Today we found answers to some of these important questions, and while we're still 'iterating' our project goals, ideas, tools and such, we're getting closer nailing down the tangible things we, as a group, need to start doing to realize our vision.

November 10, 2018 at 9:51 AM
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We came with a first proposal and a working title name (A Shore Thing).
We would create:

An interactive map with a wide collection of data, from satellite images to ecosystem categorizations, to understand the global and local impact of construction sand extraction.

Questions to ask:

  • How we want to apply geoscience to gain data?
  • What is our timeline?
  • Who is this project for?

 

November 10, 2018 at 10:52 AM
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Today, 01.11.18, after a thorough research and considering various variables such as available data, location, experts contacts, etc. we decided on two hotspots to focus our further analysis on best future practices in construction.

November 10, 2018 at 11:23 AM
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This is a very intriguing decision that you made! What led you to choose these two locations? Are these locations extraction intensive? Do you already know if the datasets you'll use differ from one another and how to reconcile them? (this question is maybe too specific...)
9 months ago
I guess it would be nice for you to talk with people from the civil construction area, ask them about the viability of these best practices and the challenges to implement it.
9 months ago
It is a good idea to focus on less hotspots to understand the situation better. Is there a similarities between these hotspots? Do you think you will be able to receive data from these areas since sand mining community is very closed community with very limited sources.
9 months ago
For documentation purposes, you should explain further the decision of these two hotspots.
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Our new proposal reads:

SANDX - ‘Find the X for Sand’

Highlight “no-go” zones for sand extractions by creating an interactive map with a robust data set that consists of various sources, from satellite images to videos, pictures, and (news) stories that present future impacts of sand extraction on a local and global scale. The project aims to link these extractions sites to the infrastructure projects that demands their continued operation and help key stakeholders make informed decisions about the sand crisis at hand. 

November 10, 2018 at 11:24 AM
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I love this project proposal!!
It seems to me that you really go to the heart of the sand problem in terms of monitoring and measuring, which is lack of data that can be understood easily!!!

9 months ago
Who are the key stakeholders?
Which is the stakeholder that could use the data in the much proper way and also be interested in using the tool?
The main stakeholder should be the public institution responsible to give licenses for sand extraction and/or local governments regarding public procurement issues?
I would be more precise in describing the target groups and who is going to use the database, and take a positive adavantage from it.
9 months ago
I was wondering how you would try to appeal to your target audience (more precisely the policymakers and private sector). Your project will raise awareness in a tangible way. But how would you make the policymaker, for example, go and look your at your plateform ? I think your plateform is going to be a very precious tool for people already aware of the issue but in need of data for their own projects. Your project is super impressive ! Great work ! Sali
9 months ago
As I've told you before, I really love your project and idea! I think it's extremely important to show in a clear way the dimension of sand extraction throughout the world! You are really doing great, guys! I'm looking forward to your pitch on friday! Best of luck on those final moments!!!! :)
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          Information was gathered mainly through interviews with actors connected to the sand industry in Switzerland. A first interview and visit were conducted to the Gravière des Délices which allowed the project in Switzerland to be developed considerably. Indeed, the knowledge of the industry improved remarkably and allowed an objective to be set: we aimed to understand what it meant for a zone to be classified as protected and what measures were taken to protect the environment in the industry. 
Talking with Carole Schelker, from the Geological study office Impact-Concept, it was mentioned that when accessing certain types of zones to excavate sand, compensation measures can be implemented in order to diminish the impact on the environment and fauna. These measures can include building a new hedge or recreating a pong, or in the case of La Gravière des Délices re-planting every tree that was cut down.  Laws vary from one Canton to another, but Vaud is relatively responsible when giving permits to excavating companies. Moreover, a law states that waste created from the related industry has to be disposed in the Canton de Vaud itself, as opposed to Genevans who are known to export their construction waste to landfills in neighboring countries. 


By reading the report Plan Directeur des Carrières 2014  written by the General Direction of the Environment of the Canton de Vaud, it became clear that Switzerland was very-well referencing its own sand extraction sites, whether they are on land, in river or in the lake. It was interesting to notice that a particular place in the East of the Leman Lake is referenced in Red as a No-Go Zone due to the existence of a priority biological interest in the area (cf.  Map 1), particularly due to the presence of migrating birds and amphibians , which therefore needs to be protected. However, all around this area is a sand extracting site held by the private enterprise Sagrave, a well-known player in the lake and river sand excavation. By talking to them, it became evident that sand could also be found in this particular protected area but it was non-accessible as long as it remained protected, not even for geological studies. This No-Go Zone could be declassified should sand come missing in Switzerland. 
What was interesting about the No-Go Zone is that it is classified as such by the Canton de Vaud but not by the World Database of Protected Areas, which we used to classify protected areas in Vietnam. This shows the difference in knowledge and understanding of what classifies an area as protected and how to enforce it: in Switzerland, because the Canton is enforcing the classification of this particular zone, all actors have to choice but to respect it fully. 


Unfortunately, although the Canton de Vaud has some very good practices in terms of Sand excavation with companies like GCM SA making recycled concrete from destruction of old buildings, these alternatives are still new and quite unused, notably due to the high price of products made in Switzerland. Indeed, even the City of Lausanne does not encourage the practice of using “swiss-made”: when calling for bids to construction companies, the city is not allowed to exclude French businesses due to the free-trade agreements with the EU, even though the environment and local access to resource is emphasized in the city’s strategy for Agenda 2021. French companies usually being much cheaper than the Swiss, the chance of them being chosen is considerably higher. One can debate that cities should show the example in choosing local and recyclable materials. 
The high price of Swiss and recycled sand, along with the strict legislation of sand excavation in Switzerland encourages illegal behavior: an article from Le Temps  explains the problem Ticino faces, having most of its sand resources being totally restricted and encourages to import sand from neighboring Italy. These excavation sites are not always legal and accelerate the mountain erosion of Lombardie, but also deeply disturb the fauna. 


Although sand extraction was not seen as a problem by all interviewees, they recognized the importance of having rules and regulations as well as permits in order for good practices to be put in place. The actors also emphasized the importance of the role of the state in regulating the industry and setting “best practices”. A map like SandX will help the state and industry actors understand where permits can be delivered and where they cannot. By implementing good practices as well as testimonials, leaders of the industry are encouraged to work towards a common objective: a safe sand excavation. 

 

November 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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I know it is very hard to find but NGOs dealing with sand mining also can be useful for your data.
9 months ago
Dear Team,

After watching your pitches and amazing insights which you have gathered from your project is commendable. I am excited about the 2 case studies and particularly the Lake Geneva excavation site. I would love to know what is the further response which you get from the authorities and what is happening there. Nevertheless putting forward this much information also requires lots of effort and I want to congratulate again for that. I loved your layer-wise analysis of Vietnam case study and it's so exciting to see so much information in just one map. I hope you guys all the success.
Cheers!
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We expanded our scope from Mekong Delta to include all of Vietnam. 

We realize that the situation of sand mining and its impacts in Vietnam would differ vastly from Switzerland, and how no-go zones, conservation zones, etc are defined and identified.

So we opted to take a more case study approach to Vietnam. We looked for international and national frameworks that govern nogo zone selection. 

November 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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Do you know if the sand extracted is from rivers or the sea? Is it used locally or is it transported elsewhere? I don't know anything about the region and would love to know more!

I know that you were interested in future infrastructure projects in your project proposal. Apparently, the Belt Road Initiative also touches the Mekong region. More info here: https://opendevelopmentmekong.net/tag/belt-and-road-initiative/ (I don't know if this website is reliable ...)
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Our theory of change is quite straightforward. By listing no-go zones we hope to change sand extraction companies' behaviors. Indeed we would be stressing how detrimental their practices can be on the environment by highlighting no-go zones, meaning zones that are environmentally vulnerable and that should be protected. As such, we are attempting to encourage policymakers as well as companies to move away from these sites and start implementing our best practices guideline. 

Our reasoning was inspired by the following article: https://www.theoryofchange.org/what-is-theory-of-change/

November 15, 2018 at 5:36 AM
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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.)
9 months ago
This is Ye Seong.

When demonstrating how detrimental companies' actions are on the environment, I wonder what would be the impetus of companies to change their policies and behaviors. In other words, what would be diplomatic methods to catalyze meaningful changes from the perspectives of private companites who just want to make 'fast money and go'?
9 months ago
I found your SandX idea very stimulating and very ambitious. I admire your effort in collecting the data and using advanced tool to map the excessive usage of sand worldwide. However, I have some doubts: first of all, I think you should have a clearer strategy on how this map could be considered in an efficient way by the stakeholders; moreover, how are you going to measure and monitor the effectiveness of your map? How are you going to know the map contributed to shifting paradigm in sand extraction? third: the map has a very broad scope, not targeting specific countries but the totality of them. So said, how can you have precise data on projects that are not already developed but are going to be implemented in the long run and how do you get data from countries and companies that are not willing to disclose them? I am thinking about the Chinese belt road initiative: the project is huge and would require a lot of sand. Yet, some constructions involved in it have already been made but the majority are only planned on papers. How do you estimate the usage of sand for those types of projects? Since China is not easily disclosing data on sand extraction, how are you going to make sure your estimates would not be too imprecise?
I really think this project is very good and could have good potential, but I am afraid the vast scope and the limited availability of data could limit the precision and the effectiveness of your work. Finally, I would like to congratulate with you on your pitches presentation: they are always very emotional and beautiful (next time, I would suggest less special effects and more details on the real content of your project).
9 months ago
It's really amazing project and have so many potential! As your theory of change is to change behavior of extraction companies, I thought, how would it be when you mark the companies in the map. It's to show which companies has been mining in that area. When the map is distributed in the world with their name, the companies may feel big pressure, especially the companies whose name appear in the no-go zone area or area with sand scarcity!
9 months ago
I believe your project is highly ambitious! On the one hand you have the extensive and very difficult quantitative research you need to do in order to spot the no-go zones and areas where also (illegal) mining is taking place and on the other hand your main map deliverable, expected to be of high precision and quality. But I am sure you will make it and you will further advance this great project. How would you exactly manage to change the companies' behaviors? Do you plan to have a priori contact with them? I think this would be helpful for you, especially if you want to convince them to step out from the big-profit mindset and start using your guidelines for a more responsible behavior. I think this would be the trickiest part in your project but I am sure you figure out how to deal with this challenge sooner or later.
Good luck and I am looking forward to your pitch!
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As we explain in our theory of change section, we hope that by highlighting no-go zones, we encourage the private sector as well as policymakers to act accordingly and implement best practices in respect to the environment. This entails, of course, a paradigm shift. We've all heard of the transition from a linear to a circular economy. This would entail thinking differently regarding the economy and the environment where the latter actually englobes the former and we strive for a sustainable way of life

November 15, 2018 at 7:25 AM
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Evidently, as we are in a SDG framework, our project applies to several of the sustainable development goals. Our objective intrinsically relates to the SDG 14 and 15 which, as a reminder, seek to preserve life on land and below water. SDG14 as a whole aims at “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” which our project strongly advocates for as the majority of sand extraction sites take place underwater and its impacts are devastating for the surrounding ecosystem. SDG 15, which can be defined as so: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”. The latter part of the SDG 15 is what pertains most to our project as we touch upon the preservation of land which contains sand and as a correlation the protection of biodiversity in that area. 

 

November 15, 2018 at 7:38 AM
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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
9 months ago
This is Ye Seong.

Wow, the combination of SDGs you drafted is a beautiful piece relevant to your project! Compliments for that ;) However, I think this list should take into account of SDG1, which is eradication of poverty, which is one of the biggest drivers of sand mining activities of locals on the field. As much as environment is precious, I believe human lives involved in this illegal activity do matter, a lot. :)
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In every project, idea, initiative, one has to set its monitoring criteria. One has to be realistic, that is why we have to set the following thresholds as a way to monitor our progress and success. 

As a first step to test our project, checking for availability, quantity, and quality of data is a good way to assess if it's worth going further. 

Secondly, once that has been verified, taking feedback from experts and organisations can be of great importance as they are our main target audience and can give us valuable advice. 

Our overall achievement in making our platform is also a form of monitoring progress and success of our project. This indicates the feasibility of the latter as well. 

Finally, even with everything in place, i.e. data and website, the message or story we try to convey can remain lost or ununderstood by our target audience which can lead to overall failure of the project. 

November 15, 2018 at 8:10 AM
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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.
9 months ago
This is Ye Seong.

I am curious about potential challenges one may face when trying to figure out and interview field actors in sand mining. The reason for this is that documents and data may be still unavailable on specific regions regarding local miners' life situations, their incomes generated from sand mining, and how the eradication of minidng activity could affect local people. (In fact, this is also a challenge faced by our group...! :) )
9 months ago
I think you could really give a focus on the policy making audience! Through your platform, they could better understand the sand demand and extraction, and then all your work would really have a huge potential to help when developing new policies. I would try to really come up with a communication strategy focused on that audience.
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Over the last few weeks we have been contacting and connecting experts and company in the fields of sand, cartography, academics, geography, journalism, awareness, etc. to find data and to ask them for their opinion on the project.

November 16, 2018 at 4:16 AM
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What are the general feedback of these people? Did you contact the one from the SIG working at the dam?
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To achieve our project research and hard work is crucial and there are four main areas we need to become experts in: platform building, mapping, "no-go" zones, and our two hotspots Switzerland and Vietnam/Mekong Delta.

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Visite de la Gravière des Délices – 15.11.2018

Alice and Natacha visited a land-extracting site based in Apples called la Gravière des Délices. We have learned a lot thanks to this experience particularly on the good and bad practices in Switzerland, including names of players we were unable to find online previously. We have made an incredible jump forward thanks to information we received. We’ve noted some information in bullet points below:

General Information:

  • A quarry like this one requires about two million investments in geological research before even knowing if there will be a possibility to exploit the site. This research takes about 10 years.
  • Each canton in Switzerland has its own regulations and constraints.
  • Followed by different offices, geologists 1 time per month
  • The quarry can be exploited for about 15-20 years and then the “living earth” is put back with plants so it starts becoming green again. There are no particular laws as to how this is done, but it requires a lot of research to do it well.
  • We also find a lot of sand in other mining actions such as petrol mining in Texas. Fracking, we do not know what to do with this sand and it is a catastrophe in Canada because they leave it there.
  • Ireland is the world leader in research and development of this fracked sand.
  • Every 6 months they calculate how much sand has been extracted because the agricultor is paid according to this. A Geometor bureau does this.
  • The industry is changing and slowly moving towards more recycled materials, but the norms have not yet followed and therefore the energy price remains very expensive.
  • For roads, we use rare rocks typically found in the Alps (morenes)

Good practices:

  • According to the law in the Canton de Vaux (DGE), 70% of sand transportation has to be done by train. This requires further investment to make the train come all the way to the site. They do not have the CO2 numbers but they know they are about 10 times less polluting than a company using trucks as a mode of transportation. Sites which do use trucks refuse to give their CO2 calculations.
  • They recycle 99% of their water, making them use about 10’000 cubic liters of water per year in a closed cycle, which is nothing compared to other sites (1 million cubic liters on average)
  • They have kept their water zones as to not disturb the birds and ducks, which are still landing there today.
  • They use sheeps to regulate the grass height.
  • First start with a layer of mud, than with waste from another extraction site (construction for example), and finish with the living earth that was put aside when you first started digging. 4 years after the end of the works of the quarry, the land can be given back for agriculture.
  • The impact in terms of surface is very limited so it is homogenous with the sights of the people living close by, which by default oppose to these types of projects.

November 16, 2018 at 4:46 AM
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That is really good! I was wondering if you were going to visit Soreval, a land-extracting in Geneva that markets itself a provider of a sustainable and recyclable material?
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At a hackathon on sand our team was able to collaborate with people from outside, gain valuable data for our map and discuss other aspects of the sand crisis.

November 16, 2018 at 7:37 AM
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Where does the demand for sand come from?

By plotting local infrastructure demands, we can reasonably map out what the demand for sand. Sand is probably being injected here. 

Just as significant is mapping the potential spots the project may source sand from.

November 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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To figure out which sand extraction sites should not be mined from, we are first finding coordinates for vulnerable zones, communities, and conservation sites in Vietnam.

November 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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Would a Google Earth video help explain how the map works?

November 16, 2018 at 8:51 AM
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I don't understand what you are questioning? Sorry, could you elaborate? Or you can explain it to me tomorrow ;-)
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Visite SAGRAVE SA : Laurent Gaillet

On Friday 23.11.18 Alice and Natacha visited one of the largest sand extracting company from lake in Switzerland. Although the interview was extensive, we did not leave with as much information as we did during the first one. We however know who to contact next in order to finish the analysis of Switzerland.

  • The extraction of Sand at the Rhône Delta also helps the municipality as they are cleaning out the river from tree branches and other waste.
  • There is a huge project worth of 55 million to create a real Rhône Delta to help sediments navigate and develop the flore and fauna.
  • The zone where sediments are being excavated at the moment will not go on much longer as almost everything has been excavated. However, there is another zone but it is currently protected for environmental reasons.
  • In France and notable in the area of the lake they are not allowed to excavate sand due to a prefectoral decree. Lakes are considered as a continuity of a river and are therefore also out of the question.
  • This particular entreprise has mainly local clients such as the LOZINGER MARAZZI business.
  • They have set up electrical cranes to make less noise.
  • They follow the ISO norms for their rocks, which quality is also tested by the R Tech insurance as to respect quality norms (CH or EU).

People to talk to:

  • WWF Mr. Bongard who is in charge of the protected zone of Les Grangettes
  • Bureau Impact Concept
  • DGE ingénieur canton de Vaud
  • A business in Clé Aux Moines which makes new buildings from recycled demolition material

November 23, 2018 at 10:42 AM
Created by natacha
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Possible Partners who helped us until now and showed interest into our project:


- WWF Water Risk Filter
- Sandstories.org
- UN Environment
- International Telecommunication Union​ (ITU)
- Shifting Sand (fellow project)
- Mine the Gap (fellow project)

November 29, 2018 at 10:36 AM
Created by rebecca.jimenezb and alicegg
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Depending on how many wish to continue this project, we have several hopes for SandX. 

As a first step, we would like to create partnerships with most likely NGOs, UN agencies or perhaps private companies.

Then, we hope to expand our case studies to a more global scale with the help of crowdsourcing through the platform zoouniverse. 

Once our map takes a fuller, more complete appearance and content, we are thinking of providing licenses to companies or whoever wishes to export our map to their platform.  

December 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM
Created by angel_zundel and alicegg
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On Friday, 07.12.18 SandX pitched the project to a group of experts, international organizations and interested public at the SDG Solution Space in Geneva. The feedback received was overall, very positive. Several organizations would be interested in exploring the possibility of further collaboration with the project . According to SandX's measuring and monitoring indicators this made it a very successful day.

 

December 14, 2018 at 5:14 AM
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