Mine action is a broad set of efforts to both prevent and address the problems caused by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. The International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) defines mine action as ‘activities which aim to reduce the social, economic and environmental impact of mines and (other) ERW including cluster munitions’. More than just demining, mine action also considers the effect of landmines on lives and livelihoods. It works to ensure that people can live in safety, where the needs of victims can be addressed.
The workshop ‘Mine Action and the Application of IMAS’ is being organised by the GICHD/Arabic-Language Outreach Programme (AOP) in partnership with the Lebanese Mine Action Centre (LMAC). The workshop will be held in Arabic and will focus on mine action in general and on the application and inter-relationship of the standards in particular. It is being organised following requests made by the Arabic speaking national mine action authorities during the 3rd AOP annual conference in October 2014 in Algeria.
This workshop will aim to:
- Improve understanding of current challenges in mine action
- Explain IMAS requirements and how they can be met at the national level
- Enhance the ability of national authorities to develop, review and improve national mine action standards
- Reinforce networking and cooperation among the national mine action authorities in the region
The programme for the workshop is to:
- Focus on current mine action challenges at the technical level
- Highlight the roles and responsibilities of national authorities and mine action organisations
- Review the requirements of the IMAS on topics land release, quality management, information management, occupational health and safety system and how these requirements can be met at the national level.
The workshop comprises both theoretical and practical elements. Presentations will be made by representatives of the national authorities and other experts on topics such as land release policy/standards, non-technical survey method, mapping and reporting, liability and insurances, monitoring, inspection and evaluation, and occupational health and safety practices.
After attending this workshop, participants will have developed a good understanding of what constitutes mine action and the IMAS requirements. This should enable national authorities to improve national mine action national standards for their country and to plan, manage and implement mine action in accordance with IMAS.
The workshop will be carried out in Arabic.
This workshop targets Chiefs of Operations, Chiefs of Quality Management and newly appointed National Directors. The participation from other mine action stakeholder groups is also welcome. Note that registration is based on the first come, first served principle.
The workshop is hosted by LMAC. LMAC will provide accommodation and meals to one participant from each national mine action authority. Transportation within Lebanon and visa issuance will be provided by LMAC to all participants. Therefore, for visa issuance, please send us a copy of your passport and a recent passport-size photograph.
The GICHD offers a round trip economy air tickets to a limited number of applicants from national mine action authorities. To request one of these tickets, the following is required:
- A letter from the National Director stating why the participants’ attendance is important and the reason why the organisation cannot finance the travel
- The participants’ application form
Participants are also advised they must arrange for their own travel insurance.
The GICHD will assist with the technical and organizational aspects of the workshop. For additional questions or assistance, please contact the AOP team of the GICHD at email@example.com.