The Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining

A Guide to Mine Action and Explosive Remnants of War


Over the past 20 years, mine action has developed rapidly as a specific sector of expertise within broader relief and development efforts. This third edition of A Guide to Mine Action and Explosive Remnants of War has been prepared by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining as an overview for the diplomat, donor, lawyer, practitioner or scholar on the key aspects of mine action. It takes into account key developments of the last few years, particularly the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention 2004 Nairobi Summit on a Mine-Free World and the entry into force of Protocol V to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The growing relevance of explosive remnants of war (ERW), both at the diplomatic and field-level, is reflected in the content and in the title of the Guide. As before, the Guide addresses best practice in all five pillars of mine action – demining, advocacy and international law, mine risk education, victim assistance and stockpile destruction – as well as in the effective management and coordination of mine action programmes. But to ensure that it remains a standard reference within the ERW and mine action sector, the Guide has been significantly expanded and updated to reflect recent developments and trends. Thus, there are new sections on the role of mine action within peacebuilding, reconstruction and development as well as on the effective evaluation of mine action programmes.


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