Support of the Demining Programme in Bosnia Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most mine-contaminated countries in the world and the most mine contaminated country in South-Eastern Europe. The presence of anti-personal landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) is still, and will be for many years, a major problem not only for the reconstruction of the country, but also for economic development and the overall security environment. There are estimates of over 670.000 landmines and 650.000 UXO on 10.000 locations spread throughout the country.
The project will enable demining and technical survey of agricultural and resettlement areas in the Bosnian communities of Donji Vakuf, Foèa and Istoèno Novo Sarajevo. General surveys implemented by the Bosnia Herzegovina Mine Action Centre (BH MAC) in these mine suspected areas have provided conditions for a detailed preparation of 8 clearance projects (total area: 137.926,67 m2) and 4 technical survey projects (total area 96.096,05 m2). Releasing of mine-free land and marking of mine suspected land will assure reconstruction and economic recovery of previous mine risk areas, as well as the solution to security issues caused by landmines in the project area.
In order to assist the operation of the BHMAC beyond these single projects, the project will also enable the purchase of a high-resolution GPS System to improve the quality of future survey activities.