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).
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.
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
International Mine Action Standards
The IMAS provide guidance, establish principles and, in some cases, define international requirements and specifications for the mine action sector. They are designed to improve safety, efficiency and quality in mine action, and to promote a common and consistent approach to the conduct of mine action operations. The IMAS are the main guide for the development of NMAS, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training material in mine action. The United Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is mandated with developing and maintaining the IMAS. Drafting, reviewing and revising the IMAS is conducted by a technical committee with the support of international, governmental and non-governmental organisations. This process is managed and coordinated by the GICHD. The GICHD also outreaches them on behalf of the UN and help NMAA in the design and development of IMAS compliant NMAS. IMAS follow the format of the International Organization for Standards (ISO) and draw on the three main treaties in international law which deals with landmines, ERW and cluster munitions.
A Technical Notes (TN) for mine action is an advisory document designed to accompany or supplement an IMAS, or act as an independent source of information. They provide principles, advice and information relevant to a specific IMAS or technical subject. Although they use the same format as IMAS for consistency and ease of use, their status is different and they are advisory only, but based on the best available technical information.
Test and Evaluation Protocols for mine action have been produced to support the IMAS and approved by the IMAS Review Board. They are included in relevant IMAS as the normative reference which gives them authority within the IMAS system.
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.