PROJECT LAND RELEASE
financed by the EU (IPA 2011), through which 10 pilot projects with area of approximately 53 km2 are planned to be returned to the use in 2016.
It is a new concept of dealing with suspected hazardous areas in accordance to international standards for humanitarian demining IMAS, which aims to be the most economical and efficient way to return to use as much of the suspect area and in the shortest possible time, and to clean only confirmed areas containing mines and explosive devices.
The advantage of the new method is that the majority of mine suspected area is treated by non-technical methods/ additional analysis and data collection in the field, while the technical methods are used only for those areas with confirmed mine indicators, which will result in reduced costs and saving time.
Up to now, three chapters of the new Standards for mine action in Bosnia and Herzegovina, concerning the Restore area, Non-technical Survey and Technical Survey were approved.
The adoption and application of these standards will certainly improve the current system of mine action, and thereby speed up the resolution of this long-term problem enabling fulfillment of strategic goals and international commitments.
The current results on implemented pilot projects, are a proper motivation for the continuation of this new concept, that will significantly speed up and reduce the costs of the process of suspected hazardous areas reduction.
In 2013, 22 suspected areas were treated analytically, with an area of 101.87 km2 in 70 communities and 20 municipalities in BiH.
During 2014 and 2015, the operations of non-technical survey were carried out in 22 mine suspected areas (MSA) with a total area of 101.87 km2, within which the maximum area for a targeted and systematic investigation in the amount of 4.15 km2, was defined.