Lebanon is scarred by decades of armed conflict, which have littered the country with landmines, cluster munitions, and other unexploded ordnance (UXO). The most recent serious contamination occurred during the 2006 Israeli hostilities against Lebanon, where a variety of munitions were used in the various battles of the 34 day long war.
The presence or fear of presence of landmines and unexploded munitions in Lebanon has had a socio-economic impact which goes beyond the obvious danger to people’s lives and livelihoods: the blocking of resources in suspected hazardous areas prevents development of the affected communities.
In May 2016, the Lebanon Mine Action Centre (LMAC) reported that 41,699,569 m² of land remain to be cleared, of which 35% is suspected to be contaminated by cluster munitions, 34% by landmines and 31% by other ERW.
Lebanon is a small and densely populated country. Every square metre of released land carries with it enormous value in terms of socio-economic development.
Area of Operation:
DCA Lebanon Operational Assets for 2016
DCA has been continually clearing cluster bomb contaminated areas in South Lebanon since 2007 and started manual mine clearance activities in areas affected by the civil war (1975-1990) in September 2010. Site tasking is coordinated with Lebanon’s Mine Action Centre and DCA’s teams operate either from the main DCA base in Bsous, Mount Lebanon or from our small sub office in Al-Houch (South Lebanon).
All of DCA’s Lebanon activities are carried out with a strong commitment to building and expanding on the capacity and skills of our national staff and capacity building of National NGOs.
DCA Lebanon is working closely with a National Partner organisation LAMiNDA with the aim to create and support fully functioning and independent national mine action organization, able to execute its activities in accordance with NMAS and IMAS as well as other relevant standards related to management, operations, finance/accounting and procurement/logistics and fundraising.
DCA prides itself on its excellent track record in Lebanon, which includes the highest clearance output for the last 5 years as well as highly cost-effective activities.
Total Sqm cleared and released in 2016
Clearance beneficiaries in 2016
Total Items destroyed in 2016