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Brand new Marine Sand Watch platform - making the invisible visible

Date: Sep. 6 2023

UNEP/GRID-Geneva developed a new platform to monitor large vessels dredging sand in the marine environment. It partnered with Global Fishing Watch for data provision, and was funded by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection.

The platform reveals that between 4 and 8 billon tons of sand and other sediments are moved or extracted from the world's oceans.

This the first public platform for monitoring marine the dredging activities. 

Watch the dedicated movie here

Check live tweets of the launch here: