The goal of mine action is to reduce the risks associated with mines/ERW. Where mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination impede post-conflict recovery, mine action also facilitates socio-economic recovery and development. This includes implementing activities that improve public safety and reduce armed violence.
Drawing on experience gained in a range of conflict-affected contexts, several mine action organisations are using their technical expertise and capacity to go beyond clearing mines and ERW, and they are addressing wider threats to security posed by small arms and light weapons (SALW) and ammunition. This is largely in response to direct requests for assistance from national authorities in affected countries.