UNMAS - Provision of EOD Equipment to Enhance Explosive Ordnance Disposal Capacity of Local Authorities and assist in Safe Return of IDPs

Contract partner: UNMAS - United Nations Mine Action ServicesCountry: Libyen Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.03.2017End: 30.06.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

This project aims at reducing threats to civilians and vulnerable groups and their personal safety by enhancing the technical capacity of the National Safety Authority (NSA) to safely carry out Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tasks in response to contamination by existing Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in Libya.

Expected results

The project's direct expected output aims at accomplishing the provision of nineteen (19) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) sets to the National Safety Authority (capable of carrying out EOD tasks in Libya). Furthermore, on the long run, as a result of this, it is expected to improve access to basic goods and services including health, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation, provide increased safety of civilians (including the most at risk populations, such as women, children, youth and people with disabilities) and ensure safe return of IDPs and refugees.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of the project are nineteen (19) EOD teams from the National Safety Authority, that come under the authority of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and are responsible for civil Defence/Protection, which includes Clearance of ERW. The indirect targeted beneficiaries are 304.000 civilians in affected areas throughout Libya.

Since contamination by ERW is spread throughout Libya, the decision on target geographical location will be made on the basis of the national partners’ requests and priorities upon agreement.


The project consists of the delivery of nineteen (19) sets of EOD kits to the National Safety Authority responsible for carrying out EOD tasks in Libya. The equipment purchased by UNMAS as a result of the Austrian contribution is exclusively used for civilian purposes.



Intense fighting broke out in May 2014 in Libya, between opposing armed groups over control of territory, governance, resources and infrastructure. The resumption of hostilities has resulted in the death of thousands of people and led to the internal displacement of over 435,000 individuals. Civilians, including women and children, account for a high proportion of the casualties and those affected, as the fighting has been concentrated in densely populated urban areas. Contamination by ERW poses persistent hazards in many areas that have suffered conflict. Moreover, the use of heavy weapons in urban areas has caused widespread damage to houses, market places, schools, hospitals and other infrastructures.

project number2667-00/2017
source of fundingAKF
sector Frieden und Sicherheit
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
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