Tool for the Management of Demining Operations - Extended version
In 2012, the GICHD has designed a management tool for demining operations to assist in identifying and addressing reasons for the “downtime” of manual, mechanical and animal assets.
A Guide to Land Release: non-technical methods
In 2008, the GICHD republished a study that looks at more effective ways to release land through non-technical survey. Case studies of six countries are given as examples of effective methodologies. General principles and recommendations are given for mine-affected states and programmes.
Land Release and Cluster Munitions
At the first meeting of states parties (MSP) of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) held in November 2010 in Lao PDR, the GICHD launched a publication that focused on how land release principles apply to the survey and clearance of submunitions. The publication focuses on the differences between survey and clearance of submunitions, as opposed to mines, and provides guidance on the land release principles that apply.
A Guide to Land Release: technical methods
In 2011, the GICHD published a guide on technical survey, which is when intrusive technical methods are used to physically investigate suspect areas. This is done to gain a better understanding of the extent and type of contamination that may exist. It has an inextricable relationship with 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 approximately ten years of external quality control, millions of square metres of already cleared land have been sampled, and 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 costs versus the added value of external quality control should be considered – especially in programmes with limited funding. The findings of this study show that, for five of the countries in 2010, 7.1 million m² of previously cleared land was recleared during external quality control, in five countries. This cost USD 5.9 million but only close to six mines were found. The GICHD study seeks to examine post-clearance inspection, including its costs and benefits, and explores: