The role of the GICHD in NMAS
The International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) act as a framework for the development of the National Mine Action Standards (NMAS).
On behalf of UNMAS, the GICHD develops, maintains and promotes the IMAS and provides training and advice on the design and development of initial NMAS, or the review and revision of the existing ones on request. The GICHD has supported many mine-affected countries and will continue to provide this support in the future.
The support provided varies depending on need and includes training on the establishment of the relevant chapters and their content, as well as a national review process to review and endorse NMAS. On request, the GICHD also reviews respective countries' NMAS and provides feedback on how they compare to IMAS, or the NMAS of other countries. To help share information and knowledge within the mine action community, the NMAS of some mine-affected countries are posted on the Mine Action Standards website in Arabic, English and French (see links on the right).