Tool for the Management of Demining Operations - Extended version
In 2012, the GICHD designed a management tool for demining operations to assist in identifying and addressing reasons for the “downtime” of manual, mechanical and animal assets. “Downtime” refers to time when a machine could be operational but when it is not in use. It reduces the productivity and cost-effectiveness of demining operations.
Land Release and Cluster Munitions
At the first meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions held in November 2010 in Lao PDR, the GICHD launched its publication on how land release principles apply in the survey and clearance of submunitions. It focuses on the differences between survey and clearance of submunitions, as opposed to mines, and provides guidance on land release principles.
A Guide to Land Release: Technical Methods
In 2011, the GICHD published a guide on technical survey, which is the use of technical methods to physically investigate areas suspected of containing mines/ERW. It helps increase understanding of the extent and type of contamination that may exist. It is linked to non-technical survey and clearance and is rarely identified as a stand-alone activity. As a consequence, this guide contains chapters of a technical nature, as well as others that place technical survey and the land release process in a broader operational context.
A Review of External Post-Clearance Inspection in Mine Action
In a decade of external quality control, millions of square metres of already cleared land have been sampled. In the process, a comparatively small number of missed mines/ERW have been found. This indicates that the quality of the final product, the cleared land, is typically very high. In such instances, the question of cost versus the added value of external quality control should be considered.
The findings of the review show that in five countries in 2010, 7.1 million m² of previously cleared land was re-cleared as an external quality control measure, costing USD 5.9 million, with only six mines found. The GICHD study examines post-clearance inspection, including costs and benefits, and asks: