Azerbaijan continues to struggle to clean up landmines in the wake of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The landmine/unexploded ordinance (UXO) problem in Azerbaijan extends both to the areas of Azerbaijan that are still under the Armenian occupation and those that are adjacent to the frontline and controlled by Azerbaijan. The project is designed to strengthen existing mine action capacity to undertake surveys, mapping and clearance in the liberated areas, and to prepare for addressing the mine/UXO problem in the currently occupied areas after their return to Azerbaijan. The surveys, conducted under ANAMA’s supervision in 2003 and 2006, revealed that 736 km2 territories were contaminated with landmines. ANAMA’s aim is to begin with clearing approximately 30 km2 of mine/UXO contaminated land in 2009 and to continue with even larger territories in subsequent years, using the innovative Land Release method to accomplish such a substantial clearance/cancellation task. Project also supports the National Agency’s capacity to provide landmine clearance and training services at the international level.
The goal of the project is to create a strong national mine action capacity for planning, coordinating and managing all mine/UXO related activities in currently unoccupied areas and enable it to expand to areas yet to be liberated. Project facilitates the continued mine/UXO clearance in more time- and cost-effective manner; the conduct of trainings and activities for mine risk education (MRE); the implementation of initiatives on Mine Survivors Assistance; and the promotion of ANAMA to become the International Centre for Mine Action.
- 2,890,000 m2 of land contaminated with mines and UXOs has been cleared.
- To date, 124 victims of landmines and their families have received social rehabilitation assistance.
- ANAMA provided external services to Georgia (two-week training sessions covering a range of core topics on mine action), Turkey (training and quality assurance of Turkish deminers clearing the mined border areas), and Afghanistan (series of trainings for mine action staff from Afghanistan, and adaptation, translation and printing of MRE textbook from Azerbaijani to Dari and Pashto)
- ANAMA has signed Memoranda of Cooperation and Agreements with its counterparts in Croatia, Turkey, Georgia, and Afghanistan.