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Mine Action - more than mines

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Mine action involves more than clearing landmines. It’s a term used to describe five pillars of activities, which form a comprehensive and holistic approach to ridding the world of landmines as well as other explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions.

In addition to landmine and ERW clearance, activities include:

  • dotMine Risk Education
  • dotVictim Assistance
  • dotAdvocacy for a world free of mines and ERW
  • dotStockpile destruction
  • dotDCA Mine Action is committed to incorporating all five pillars where possible.

Challenges

Landmines and ERW remain dormant in the ground long after wars have ended, waiting for their next potential victim; a farmer who is working the field, a woman collecting water or a playful child. Many hostilities and much fighting take place in populated areas – either urban or rural – and innocent civilians often become unintended targets.

In fact, in 2010, 66 states, as well as seven other areas, were confirmed or suspected to be mine-affected and 70% of all victims were civilians (Source: Landmine Monitor 2010 ).  Similarly, at least 23 states and three other areas are believed to be currently contaminated with cluster munitions remnants. Thirteen or more additional states may still have a small level of contamination from past use of the weapon (Source: Cluster Munition Monitor 2010 ).

What We Do

DCA Mine Action has been operational since 1999, working in countries such as Albania, Angola, Burundi, Burma/Myanmar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Kosovo, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Sudan and South Sudan.

ERW

Explosive Remnants of War are comprised of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Abandoned Exploded Ordnance (AXO), not landmines or booby traps.

We are committed to national capacity building and work closely with national authorities to ensure in-country capacity remains in order to deal with the residual mine and ERW problem after we exit a country.

In addition to removing mines, ERW and releasing land back to the affected population, we also seek to ensure a broader development impact working either with our DCA Development counterparts  or ACT Alliance partners.

From the Field to Advocacy

Field operations and advocacy are mutually reinforcing activities aiming to change realities on the ground. DCA is active in both areas, helping to ensure that contamination from mines and cluster munitions will not reoccur once removed through clearance operations.

DCA is active in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines  as well as the Cluster Munitions Coalition . Through this work we advocate for legal instruments, which are or should be in place to prevent or reduce further contamination with mines, cluster munitions and other ERW.

While clearance and other mine action activities have progressed steadily over the years much remains to be done. Only with the continued, sustained effort of affected countries, Mine Action Operators and donors will we be able to reach our goal: a world free of mines and other ERW.


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DCA mine action activities have been funded by numerous private, institutional, and government donors over the years. Regardless of size, each donation contributes to saving lives and improving livelihoods.

DCA would like to thank all of our past and current donors:

  • dotAction by Churches Together (ACT)
  • dotAct for Peace
  • dotA.P Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formål
  • dotBasking Ridge Presbyterian Church
  • dotBelgium (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • dotCanada (DFAIT)
  • dotCyprus (CyprusAid (viaITF))
  • dotCzech Republic (via ITF)
  • dotDanish Burma Committee
  • dotDCA campaigns: Anders and Anne, Hans and Hanne, Lars and Lone
  • dotDCA private donors
  • dotDenmark (DANIDA)
  • dotDenmark Against Landmines
  • dotECHO
  • dotEuropeAid
  • dotFinnChurchAid
  • dotGeneva Call
  • dotGermany (German Federal Foreign Office)
  • dotH.C. Bechgaard Foundation
  • dotHempel
  • dotHumpty Dumpty Institute
  • dotInternational Trust Fund For Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF)
  • dotJapan
  • dotLEGO (Ole Kirk’s Fond)
  • dotLutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • dotLuxembourg (via ITF)
  • dotNetherlands (Royal Embassy of the Netherlands/Khartoum)
  • dotNew Zealand (NZAID)
  • dotNorway (Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • dotNorwegian Church Aid
  • dotOCHA
  • dotRoskilde Foundation
  • dotSpain (AECID)
  • dotSweden (SIDA)
  • dotUnited Kingdom (DFID (viaITF))
  • dotUnited States (Department of State, Office for Weapons Removal and Abatement)
  • dotUNICEF
  • dotUNMAS
  • dotUNDP
  • dotUNOPS
  • dotZealand Care