SARAJEVO, 8 June 2015 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina donated today valuable technical demining equipment to the FBiH Civil protection administration and the RS Civil protection administration. Strengthening the preparedness and capacities of relevant institutions in demining activities represents an important step toward the aim of making Bosnia and Herzegovina free of mines and explosive ordnances, remnants of war.
“Risk of mines and explosive ordnances has particularly increased following the floods in 2014. This donation will strengthen our capacities to address this problem, while we, at the same time, discuss the introduction of new technologies and projects, such as the Land Release project”, said Fahrudin Solak, Director of the FBiH Civil protection administration.
The donation worth 100,000 USD contains technical equipment (metal detectors), IT equipment and uniforms for staff of the FBiH and the RS Civil protection administrations.
Dragan Kos, Assistant Director of the RS Civil protection administration, reminded that, according to BiH MAC data, the floods had relocated around 10 percent of the mine contamined area. “This donation came in the right time and to the right place. Only during the flood recovery activities, we assessed over 350,000 square metres of land to enable local population to safely return to their homes”.
“We are pleased to have been able to respond to the needs of the FBiH and RS Civil protection administrations with regard to equipment, which is most needed when solving the issue of mine fields”, said Amela Cosovic Medic, Head of Justice and Security Sector in UNDP. “The UNDP will continue to support the authorities and institutions in BiH involved in this area, including through capacity building and work on the implementation of the Strategy”.