Working together for a mine-free country
More than twenty-five years after the end of the war, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains the most heavily mined country in Europe, also contaminated with explosive remnants of war. An estimated 175,000 mines and unexploded ordinances threaten the safety of 545.000 children, women and men (15% of the country’s population). Since 1995, 620 lives have been lost in mine-related incidents, and 53 deminers died during demining out of 134 injured.
Aiming to increase the safety of all people and communities and accelerate mine clearance, MAGMA Project assists mine action authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in improving planning capabilities and implementing contemporary mine action standards.
Mine Action Governance and Management (MAGMA) is a capacity development project that aims to positively impact the country’s goal to achieve mine-free status in line with the Mine Action Strategy and Ottawa Convention requirements provisions. It is implemented through providing technical assistance and advice, organisation of knowledge-transfer events, extensive consultative process and intensive coordination at national and international levels.
What we do:
- Provide technical assistance and support to BHMAC and the Demining Commission BiH;
- Support the improvement of the BHMAC information management system;
- Coordinate activities for the Board of Donors sessions and act as a co-chair of the Board;
- Engage the mine action advocates to promote the implementation of the Ottawa Convention.
To date, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with UNDP support, has achieved the following results:
✔️ Re-establishment of the Board of Donors in BiH;
✔️ New National Mine Action Strategy 2018-2025 was developed jointly with GICHD and adopted by the Council of Ministers of BiH;
✔️ Public awareness campaign for the use of a mobile application that ensures the safety of citizens implemented;
✔️ New information management (database) system developed and promoted for BHMAC (IMSMA Core).
Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH (Demining commission of BiH and BHMAC), European Union, the European Union Force in BiH (EUFOR), Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).
The Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Suspected Areas app, property of BH Mine Action Centre, was developed as part of the “Country Assessment of Mine Suspected Areas” and ”EU Support to the Creation of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre’s (BHMAC) Information System Web Platform" projects.
It can be downloaded from Google App and App Store:
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