Amended IMAS Chapters
Since 2012, more than 100 people from 25 international organisations have been involved in the review and update of the IMAS on Land Release. In April 2013, the amendments were approved by the IMAS Review Board.
IMAS 07.11, 08.10 and 08.20 are arguably the most important IMAS. Changes within them prompt changes to National Mine Action Standards and Standard Operating Procedures. This will affect other chapters of the IMAS as well as national databases and reporting formats, including those under the APMBC and CCM convention obligations.
To promote operational efficiency, greater clarity in regard to the nature and extent of global contamination, and better standardisation of terminology and reporting, it is essential that National Mine Action Standards are changed without delay.
In the 2009 IMAS framework, Series 9 on clearance was separated from Series 8 on land release, even though the land release process includes both survey and clearance activities.
Therefore the previous Land Release IMAS 08.20 was amended to the operational management level in Series 7. This more consistent approach helps distinguish between standards better.
Series 8 has been renamed Mine/ERW Survey Series as all the standards it contains are survey-related and Series 9 has been renamed Mine/ERW Clearance Series accordingly. The new Land Release IMAS 07.11, now considered an Operational Management standard, is well positioned to discuss the interrelationship between Survey and Clearance and to clear any confusion relating to the use of the Land Release term.
The general mine action assessment standard, previously IMAS 08.10 is now redundant and has been removed. The non-technical and technical survey standards have been relabelled 08.10 and 08.20 respectively.