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Assessment of environmental and social impacts of dredging activities by Dutch companies

Aidenvironment and Profundo conducted an environmental and social impact assessment of the effects of dredging and sand mining activities in the Malacca straits near Singapore.

Both Singapore and Malaysia have carried out major land reclamation projects for industrial and urban development. These often involved the mining of sand from the sea close to Sumatra Island by Dutch dredging companies. Dredging has caused fish stocks to decline, which has negative financial impacts on communities that depend on fish for their livelihoods. Other environmental effects are the erosion of beaches, which threatens villages, and the destruction of coral reefs.

The results of the study could be used as the basis for discussions with the dredging industry leading to improvements in the marine environment and reduced negative impacts on fishing communities in Riau, Sumatra.