The course covers development and review of the national mine action standards (NMAS) at the national mine action programmes. 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 course on International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).
Registration deadline | 17 August 2015
23 - 28 November 2015
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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.
“Application of International Mine Action Standards (IMAS)” is a five-day intensive course which provides a rapid review of the content of IMAS and focuses on the application and inter-relationship of the standards and the associated technical notes. This 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. The aspired outcome of this course is enabling participants to understand the principles and requirements of the IMAS and to apply the acquired knowledge to improve and upgrade their national standards. This course will provide an opportunity to understand latest development in the sector. Course outline The course’s presentations, discussions and group work will cover the following topics:
- Overview of the IMAS, Technical Notes and Test and Evaluation Protocols for mine action
- Roles and responsibilities of mine action entities
- The principles and requirements for:
- Mine/ERW Risk Education
- Land Release
- Quality Management
- Information Management
- Safety and Occupational Health
- Mechanical Demining
- Animal Detection
- International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG)
- The principle for review and development of the national standards
Participation in this course requires a very good knowledge of mine action and experience with the 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 (22 November, date of arrival to 28 November, latest date of departure). In addition, there are a limited number of subsidies for transportation to and from the course available. It is imperative that applicants wishing subsidies for transportation get in touch with the GICHD as soon as possible, before making any arrangements, and not later than the application deadline.