Within the framework of the PfP Partnership Work Programme, the Swiss Government, through the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), has the honour to invite qualified representatives from the National Mine Action Authorities (NMAA) to the Partnership for Peace Course on the Application of International Mine Action Standards (IMAS). This course provides a rapid review of the content of IMAS and focuses on their application to national mine action standards (NMAS). This course is a follow on to the earlier course conducted in 2015.
The aspired outcome is enabling participants to apply the acquired knowledge to develop, improve and upgrade their national standards. The course will also provide an opportunity to understand the latest developments in the IMAS and the mine action sector in general.
The course’s presentations, discussions and group work will cover the following topics:
- Overview of developments in the IMAS, Technical Notes and Test and Evaluation Protocols for mine action
- Roles and responsibilities of mine action entities from an IMAS perspective
- Update on the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG)
- Best practice in the development and revision of the NMAS
- Application of IMAS to NMAS with a focus on the requirements of NMAS for:
- Risk Education
- Land Release
- Quality Management System
- Information Management
- Safety and Occupational Health
- Mechanical Demining
- Animal Detection
- Support to victims/survivors
The course is designed for the National Officers and military personnel responsible for or engaged in the development and review of the national mine action standards (NMAS) at the national mine action programmes. Participation in this course requires a very good knowledge of mine action and experience with NMAS. Participants should also be able to communicate and present on their national standards in English.
The Swiss Government will cover participant expenses for food (lunch) and accommodation while in Spiez (04 September, date of arrival to 10 September, latest date of departure). Train tickets Zurich Airport – Spiez – Zurich Airport will be reimbursed to the participants. In addition, there are a limited number of subsidies for transportation to and from Switzerland available. It is imperative that applicants wishing subsidies for transportation send a letter signed by their supervisor, stating that they are the NMAS person in charge in the programme and that they do need sponsorship for travel expenses, to Jeannette von Däniken (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible, before making any arrangements, and not later than the application deadline on 15 June 2016.