On the 55th session of the BH Ministry Council, that was held on 16 May 2016, on the proposal of BH Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Report of Demining Commission in BIH for 2015 and Mine Action Report in BIH for 2015 were approved.
On May 13 2016, Mr Ken Rutherford, the Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery from James Madison University, meet the representatives of Mine Action Center in BIH, Demining Commission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The aim of the visit of Mr Rutherford was discussion about the possibilities for further cooperation, especially at the domain of engaging donor´s funds.
On April 27 2016, delegation of Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining represented by Director of GICHD Ambassador Stefano Toscano, Helen Grey, Consultant for Land Release and Andrea Von Siebenthal, Head of Communication Department visited BHMAC and met with the Acting Director Mr Saša Obradović.
Along with 13th International Symposium on Humanitarian Demining, on 25 April 2016, at Biograd na moru, Republic of Croatia, the 26th SEEMACC meeting was held. Meeting was attended by the representatives of mine action centers and agencies from South Eastern Europe region.
The 13th Symposium on humanitarian demining will be in the period from May 26 until May 29 2016, in Biograd na moru, Republic of Croatia. This Symposium is aimed to gather the eminent experts from this field, to present humanitarian demining results and improvements of field operation techniques. This year Symposium will be held under the sponsorship of the Presidency of the Republic of Croatia.
On 22 April 2016, BHMAC RO Brčko held a meeting with demining coordinators from the municipalities of Šamac, Donji Žabar, Orašje, Odžak and Domaljevac Šamac. The aim of meeting is to present the results of demining in the area of responsibility of RO Brčko, during 2015.
Land Release is consistent with international standards for humanitarian demining or IMAS, which aims to be the most economical and efficient way to return the users as much of the suspect area in the shortest possible time and to clean only confirmed areas containing mines and explosive devices.
Land Release Project is funded by the EU (IPA 2011), with the plan to return to the use of about 53 km2 in 2016, through 10 pilot projects so far developed.
Donation of 18 GPS devices for the purposes of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Center activities
18 GPS devices donated by the Government and the Embassy of the United States, through International Fund for the enhancement of human safety-ITF, were handed over to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre, at the official ceremony held at BHMAC premises in Sarajevo toady.
The value of donation in the amount of 81 530 USD will significantly improve BHMAC daily activities of survey operations and creation of mine action projects, as well as the monitoring and control of the tasks, performed by the accredited demining organizations.
Air bomb of great destructive power, heavy 466 kg, was removed from Vrbas river bed by the members of the police and civil protection.
After all safety requirements were met, primarily involving evacuation of the population living near the site, the bomb was removed and safely transported and it will be destroyed at Manjača site.
According to data available at BHMAC database, all the border crossings in BiH are safe from the mine threat.
However, in the vicinity of some of the border crossings, there might be a risk of the mine threat, but these areas are properly marked with mine warning signs.
In order to ensure security, MAC will do the checkings and renewal of placed mine mark in these areas.
If there be eny movements in the vicinity of these areas, BHMAC will be ready to respond adequately in terms of additional warnings and of deterring persons from entering the suspicious areas.