More than one-third of the world’s countries are contaminated by anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).  

Mine risk education (MRE) seeks to prevent harm to civilians from all types of explosive devices including abandoned or unexploded ordnance and cluster munitions. The main goals of MRE are to:

  • Minimise deaths and injuries caused by mines/ERW
  • Reduce the social and economic impacts from mines/ERW
  • Support development

MRE seeks to inform people and communities about the risk of mines/ERW. MRE safety messages are communicated through: interpersonal communication, mass media (TV, radio and newspapers), theatre and role playing, etc. The aim of safety messages is to minimise mine/ERW-related injuries and deaths among at-risk communities by raising awareness and promoting safe behaviour.

Active participation of the affected women, girls, boys and men in MRE processes is necessary to accurately identify their needs and priorities. Collecting and sharing information in order to understand the situation facing impacted communities and then providing relevant information to reduce risk is a priority.

Risk education Afghanistan
Risk education Lao

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) contributes to the development and implementation of instruments of international law that address the problem of explosive hazards through technical, logistical and administrative support. The following conventions include provisions for mine risk education:

  • The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC)
  • The Cartagena Action Plan 2010 – 2014
  • The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)
  • The Vientiane Action Plan 2010 – 2014
  • The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Protocol V