On October 16, 2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre (BHMAC) has cooperatively organised a round-table event along with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that features international experts from UNDP, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Implementation Support Unit of the AP Mine Ban Treaty.
A workshop dedicated to the launching of a project “Mine Action after the Floods - Regional Synergy, Technology Development and Capacity Building“ will be held in Sarajevo on 15th and 16th September. The workshop will be held at BM International hotel and will start on 15th September at 10.00 o’clock. The aim of the Workshop is to mark the beginning of the project, to present donors, partners, friends and associates on the project and to present the goal, concept and implementation plan, preliminary activities and experiences. The Workshop is open for participation to the general public.
The operational activities of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre consisted of continuous survey of flooded areas and areas affected by landslides in order to observe the current state of suspected hazardous and risk areas, preparation of micro locations for emergency demining, emergency marking and warning the population on mine danger.
Regional mine action centers of Republic of Serbia, Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will have a meeting on Friday 06.06.2014 at the premises of JP “Vojvodinašume” – Morović estate in Morović, starting at 12.00 o’clock.
The aim of this meeting is to represent the concept of assessment and action plan with a list of needs to support that plan, including engagement of competent institutions and academic community. It will also be represented activities planned for future.
Besides the representatives of Republic of Serbia Mine Action Centre, at the meeting will also participate representatives of Croatian Mine Action Centre, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre, Croatian centre for testing and development, Centre for training of divers for underwater demining, rescuing and sea control from Montenegro, International foundation for strengthening human safety (ITF), USA Embassy in Belgrade, American team of experts for emergency rescuing (QRF).
On May 30, 2014 in BHMAC Regional Office in Brcko was held the second regular meeting of the Regional Mine Action Centres of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Croatia and Republic of Serbia.
At the meeting were exchanged current information about the danger of mines and UXOs caused by weather conditions (floods and landslides) that affected areas of the three countries.
All three centers presented available information and established a team of experts to assess the damage and develop projects for the immediate rehabilitation of the areas affected by disasters in the region.
In accordance with the conclusions of the members of Regional expert team, we inform you that it will be held a meeting of regional mine action centers from Republic of Croatia, Republic of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The meeting will be held on Friday, 30.05.2014 in the premises of Mine Action Centre in BiH in Brcko starting at 12:00 o'clock at 54 Banja Luka, 76100 Brcko District.
We are continuing the successful cooperation in determining further joint tasks in recovering the flooded mine areas in the region.
Emergency demining operations
Cooperation with non-governmental demining organizations (UEM, Stop Mines, Demira, DOK- ing and Posavina without mines) that implement the project "IPA 2011" funded by the European Union made available their emergency demining teams to flooded and landslides affected areas. In the reporting period, two organizations, in the presence of operational staff from Mine Action Centre in BiH, have carried out the emergency demining in order to repair road communications and infrastructure. Stop Mines has conducted emergency demining in the area of LC Seljublje - part of the main road Tuzla-Bijeljina, while UEM carried out emergency demining in the area of Mala Blizna, municipality of Zavidovici.
Visit of American expert team
Yesterday at the premises of Mine Action Centre in BiH was held a meeting of the American team of experts, the Armed Forces of BiH and Civil Protection and it was agreed on the areas that the U.S. expert team is going to visit in the coming days: Semizovac, Olovo, Tuzla, Zvornik, Srebrenica, Bratunac, Lopare, Žepce, Zavidovići, Maglaj, Doboj, Modriča, Šamac, Sanski Most, Jajce and the area of Brčko District.-Bočinja, municipality of Zavidovići.
In these difficult moments when Bosnia and Herzegovina is suffering from the bigest natural disaster it is necessary to pay special attention to landmine survivors of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is clear that mine victims are special group in the group of persons with disabilities and that it is necessary to pay special attention to these people when providing assistance. Mine Action Centre in BiH appeals for assistance to NGOs who are taking care of mine victims to be especially sensitive to the needs of this vulnerable group and their families . Mine Action Centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina has prepared a list of mine victims and they will be delivered to all organizations that are currently in the affected areas.