Humanitarian Mine Clearance in Afghanistan
One of the legacies of the decades of conflict in Afghanistan is the landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination which continues to endanger the lives of local communities, refugees, IDPs, as well as the aid community.
The overall HALO workplan 2010 aims to clear about 1500 hectares of suspected mined ground. 90% of the areas to be cleared will be for cultivation and residential purposes.
Mine clearance tasks are prioritised in line with the Mine Action Program of Afghanistan's (MAPA) National Operational Work Plan for 2010/2011 which, in turn, is in line with the Afghan Government's Mine Ban Treaty obligation to destroy all emplaced mines by 2013.
The Austrian funding will encompass two components of humanitarian demining - manual clearance and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) - and will enable HALO to deploy a minimum of 46 Afghan staff for a period of 7 months onto high priority mine and ERW contaminated areas in the Central and Northern regions of Afghanistan.