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Promoting sustainable sand mining in developing countries, taking into account transparency, governance and due diligence


The central objective of the research is to strengthen standards and best practices to curb irresponsible and illegal extraction activities through guidelines and tools for governing, monitoring and managing sand extraction, and by sharing information and establishing dialogue between key players and stakeholders. 

The project will address the following research questions:

- What do we know about the governance of sand commodity chains?

- How can evolving global resource governance standards and best practices, particularly centeringon transparency and due diligence, help curb unsustainable and illegal sand mining, and what are possible unintended consequences, for specific (vulnerable) groups in the population, of doing so?

- How can we apply these lessons to specific cases like Tanzania or Morocco?

Intervention type

Policy Supporting Research (2019-2021)


01/04/2021 - 31/01/2022

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Bert Suykens
Local partner institution Universiteit Gent
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Budget € 56.000