GICHD/ISU Side Event at the Intersessional Meeting of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention | The Amended Land Release International Mine Action Standards - Implications for Operations and the Implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention | Thursday, 30 May 2013
In 2004, a study of over 15 different mine-clearance programmes was carried out. It found that of 292 km² of cleared land suspected of containing a mine/ERW hazard, that had been physically cleared, less than 2.5 per cent of the area proved to be actually contaminated with landmines or explosive remnants of war (ERW).
These statistics demonstrate inefficiencies in the targeting of clearance resources. Often, too much land remains subject to clearance when significant areas could (in many instances) be released through less expensive and more rapid survey techniques.
The focus of the land release process is on improving the balance of survey activities versus clearance activities. The challenge is to advance ‘decision-making’ processes, based on appropriate responses to the threat-level, while carrying out best practice, already undertaken by many operators, across the industry as a whole.