Singapore ever increasing land mass
The densely populated state of Singapore has expanded in size by more than 20 per cent since 1960 by reclaiming huge area of land from the sea. For that they need a LOT of sand, this sand is all imported from poor South East Asian like Cambodia, 796,000 tonnes of sand are still being extracted and exported to Singapore every year from just one province, Koh Kong.
According to theecologist.com,
“The extraction is coming at a significant environmental cost. Dredging reduces water quality by increasing turbidity, blocking sunlight and killing off plant life, including seagrass and coral. Sand extraction also disrupts natural sedimentary regimes causing increased erosion and greater flood risks. There have also been reports of significant declines in fish stocks.”
This land reclamation is very popular in Asia because of its growing urban population but it all comes at a cost. It is happening in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, China and to a very large scale in South Korea who is undertaking the world largest reclamation at 40,100 hectares in Saemankeum.
Despite the major outcry from ecologists, environmentalists and anyone concerned with the world we are leaving for future generations, land reclamation is anything but slowing down, it is in fact accelerating not only to satisfy the ever increasing thirst for land for some but the completely outrageous audacity of others.