KVMAP - Korea-Viet Nam Mine Action Project

Posted June 30, 2020



Landmines, cluster munitions and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) continue to pose a threat to the lives and livelihoods of the people of Viet Nam. The Korea-Viet Nam Mine Action Project aims to strengthen the governance and management of national mine action activities to promote human safety and development in contaminated areas.

The project is aligned with the Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) 2016-2020, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with particular relevance to SDG 11 and SDG 16, the 2017-2021 One Strategic Plan between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam.

Specifically, the project aims to support the Government of Viet Nam in the implementation of the National Mine Action Program for 2010 – 2025, known as the Program 504, through programmatic and technical support necessary to sustainably pursue the targets set out in this ambitious Program.



1. Survey and Clearance

  • 16,880ha was surveyed and 9,086ha were cleared.

2. Information Management 

  • VNMAC website, a primary vehicle for project information sharing, was upgraded.
  • An advanced IM training for VNMAC IM staff to update knowledge and skills on ArcGIS software for information sharing and field piloting

3. Mine Risk Education

  • Two clips conveying MRE messages were produced and televised in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh (Watch at: Clip1 and Clip2)
  • The first EORE event in a school integrated with COVID-19 intervention was organized for high level visit
  • The final round of the contest “Join hands in explosive ordnance risk education” for primary schools in Binh Dinh to improve their EO knowledge and skills

4. Victim Assistance

5. Capacity Building

  • First Vietnam Mine Action Capacity Assessments Report was released.
  • Review and planning meeting of JPMU and local partners of Quang Binh and Binh Dinh to strengthen project implementation activities
  • High-level monitoring visit to Binh Dinh with handover of cleared lands after survey and clearance to local authorities for socio-economic development


UXO-free land new home to farmers from flood-prone areas

 In anticipation of this year’s flood and storm season, farmers living in the flood-prone areas have been relocated to a higher area in Cat Nhon commune. This safe area is part of the 9,000 hectares of land that had been surveyed and cleared from unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmines.

Livestream launch of Rapid Assessment on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities in Viet Nam  

In Viet Nam, findings from a new rapid assessment reveal that 82 percent of respondents express concern about protecting their health and 96 percent of PwDs expressed concern for their financial security during COVID-19.

Perseverance, Partnership, Progress

Despite significant progress, landmines, and unexploded ordnance (UXO) still endanger villagers in many provinces throughout Việt Nam. UNDP Resident Representative shared her thoughts on overcoming this deadly legacy of war as Việt Nam assumed the Presidency of the UNSC in April 2021.

For a Vietnam free from mine accidents

Today, the youth is determined to be the first generation to break with the deadly legacy of war. To do that, UNDP supports them in finding creative ways to convey mine risk messages, to protect themselves, their families and other children.

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Supporting UXO survivors to tide over COVID-19
International Mine Awareness Day 4 April 2020
Safe Ground - UNDP Vietnam
Launching Database on PwD and UXO survivors
9,000 ha of post-clearance land handed over to Binh Dinh

More videos in English or Vietnamese HERE


Mine accident education in Quang Binh

Country Director of KOICA Vietnam experienced realistic mine-clearing process in Quang Binh

UNDP, KOICA and VNMAC representatives were impressed by the changes in the lives of local people in Quang Binh

With the support from UNDP and KOICA, Mr. Theu, an UXO victim who lost his hand due to mine accident, has been fitted with a newly functional prosthetic arm that helps him to perform daily activities more easily

First-ever official database on persons with disabilities and unexploded ordnance survivors in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces launched

UNDP-KOICA partnership key to Mine Action project's success

South Korea commits $20 mln to landmine clearance in Vietnam

Within the framework of KVMAP, 200 bomb and mine detectors were given to the VNMAC in Quang Binh province

Hundreds of local students and soldiers marched through big streets of Quy Nhon city to convey a message calling for joint efforts in addressing consequences of post-war UXO

The official launch of KVMAP in Dong Hoi city on 9 March 2018


Discovering the larger impact of our work

Working for development and ethnic minority communities

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Rapid Assessment of the Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities in Viet Nam

Vietnam Mine Action Capacity Assessments Report



Nils Christensen

  • Chief Technical Advisor, Mine Action, UNDP Viet Nam
  • Email: nils.christensen@undp.org

Bui Phuong Tra

  • Programme Analyst, UNDP Viet Nam
  • Email: bui.phuong.tra@undp.org

Nguyen Viet Lan

  • Communications Officer, UNDP Viet Nam
  • Email: nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org