On the overexploitation of the marine sand

On the overexploitation of the marine sand

Written Question by Steeve Briois, Mireille d'ornano, Sylvie Gherardi and Jean-François Jacob:

With over fifty billion tons extracted each year, sand is one of the most exploited natural resources in the world with oil and water. In the Face of the depletion of terrestrial resources, the extraction of marine sand has intensified considerably from the years 1970 to meet the growing needs of the real estate sector. However, the scarcity of this resource accelerates soil erosion and the decline of beaches, thus making us more vulnerable to climatic hazards and rising waters. The intensive exploitation of marine sand also threatens our ecosystems and promotes the penetration of salt into our groundwater.

1. is the European Commission planning to ensure better traceability concerning the provenance of the sea sand?

2. Does the European Commission intend to establish restrictions on the importation of marine sand from states and archipelagos directly threatened by soil erosion and the rise of water?