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Working together for Bosnia and Herzegovina free of mines and other explosive remnants of war

At the online event held today, the results of 18 months of work on the projects "EU Support in Creating a Web Platform for the Mine Action Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH MAC)" and "General Assessment of Mine Suspected Areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina" were officially presented.

Funds for the implementation of these projects in the amount of 1.1 million euros, were provided by the European Union, through the Instrument for Contribution to Stability and Peace (IcSP).

Ms. Mirna Pavlović, Chair of the BiH Demining Commission, Ambassador Johann Sattler, Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Major General Reinhard Trischak, EUFOR Commander and Ms. Steliana Nedera, UNDP Resident Representative in BiH, addressed to all participants.  

The projects were jointly implemented by the Mine Action Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH MAC), as the leading organization in operational terms, along with its project partners the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH), Norwegian People's Aid in Bosnia and Herzegovina (NPA BiH) and the Development United Nations Program in BiH (UNDP), under the supervision of EUFOR teams.

As a basic outcome of the General Assessment project, the identification and prioritization of mine suspected areas is now much more precise and clear, making the overall mine action process even more transparent. Data for 143 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina were processed, while the mine danger was confirmed in 118 municipalities, and a total of 478 mine suspected areas were formed.
 
The BH MAC database, as one of the key pillars and an essential part of the entire mine action in our country, has been improved, and a new more transparent, functional and efficient system based on new technologies has been created, meeting all requirements in terms of reporting, planning and data storage. At the same time, conditions have been created for the improvement of operational activities, as well as the system of prioritization and its effective implementation.

Better security for all BiH citizens will be ensured by the first mobile phone application showing mine suspected locations from now on will be available to all citizens of BiH.
Although as a country we are struggling to invest as much as possible in the mine action process, we must emphasize the importance of donor assistance and contributions in the coming period, in order to achieve a country without mines and other explosive remnants of war and improving the safety to all people living here. 

The application for Android OS can be downloaded from at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.minesuspectedareas

Link for a video entitled EU support for the implementation of the PMA Strategy in BiH:


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