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UNMEE MACC weekly update: 24 Feb 2003

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HIGHLIGHTS
In response to the increase in mine incidents in Sector West, reported during the past three weeks, the Operations Section compiled and distributed an updated UNMEE MACC Mine and UXO Threat Assessment for February 2003.

As recommended by the SRSG during the week of 17-20 February 2003, the UNMEE MACC has also prepared, and issued separately, an updated travelers guide.

UPDATE

OPERATIONS

During the week of 17-21 February 2003, the Operations Section focused on preparing the UNMEE MACC Mine and UXO Threat Assessment Update for February 2003.

The Section also reviewed and re-formatted the tasking system for all demining assets. In the future, the same tasking system will apply for all demining operations.

The Section's staff began to develop specific tasking charts, which, in the future, will depict the progress of all demining agencies currently conducting demining operations in the TSZ and adjacent areas.

The Operations Section also devised plans for EOD Team deployments for March 2003. Deployments will be carried out mainly in Sector West due to the recent increase of incident reports coming in from Sector West.

In Sector Center, the Regional Liaison Officer, reported that the Slovak contingent is experiencing difficulties finding their de-mining sites due to incorrect interpretation of task orders. The problem is being addressed by providing additional GPS training, etc.

The PO Demining for Demarcation attended a meeting of donors from Addis Ababa who were visiting the Ethiopian Mine Action Organisation field activities in Northern Ethiopia and he presented an update on the EEBC's demarcation project.

Medical Coordination: The Medical Coordinator visited both UXB International and the Senior Technical Advisors of the UNDP-managed Landmine Impact Survey (LIS) to discuss future medical training for their medics. He will be conducting medical training of the LIS medics shortly. During the week in reference, the Medical Coordinator also provided medical training (training of KED immobilization vest) to the MACC's EOD Team.

INFORMATION

The Information Section continued to experience some problems with the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA). However, these problems have not been affecting the work of the Information Section, where weekly tasks and activities continued as usual.

The Section continued to enter mine-related data into IMSMA with an ongoing focus on entry of completion reports and minefields reported by the EDF. More than 50 EDF-reported minefields were entered during the week of 17-21 February 2003.

The Information Section, in cooperation with the Operations Section, attempted to resolve the issue of particular UNMEE Force Daily Sitrep references and how these references relate to IMSMA records. Discussions are ongoing and the issue remains to be clarified.

The Section continued to work on the creation of altitude/topographic and is making progress.

The Head of the Information Section will be absent during the period 10-28 February 2002. For all inquiries, please contact the Information Officer (Mr. J. Engmann, Ext. 2123).

NOTE: Maps from the Information Section are made available to customers 24 hours from request.

MINE INCIDENT

No mine incidents were reported last week. UNMEE personnel are reminded to report any UXO or mine related incident to the nearest MACC Sector Office, Force Unit or UNMO Team Site. Capacity exits within these elements to conduct investigations, complete IMSMA report forms and forward these reports to the UNMEE MACC.

MINE RISK EDUCATION

The MRE Team in Sector West conducted MRE sessions in the Adi-Keshi IDP camp. They mainly focused on providing MRE to children. The second MRE Team remained at the MACC HQ preparing MRE educational booklets.

NOTE: The UNMEE MACC conducts MRE Briefings every THIRD Thursday of the month for interested and newly arrived civilians in the Mission. For Military Observers, the MACC conducts briefings more regularly. For time and location, please contact LtCol David Momanyi at the MACC at Ext. 2214.

UNDP MINE ACTION CAPACITY BUILDING

The Landmine Impact Survey (LIS)

The UNDP-managed LIS completed its 3-week Enumerator Training at the National Training Center (NTC). The LIS staff also completed preliminary data collection of communities, which will be surveyed in the near future. This data is now being inputted into IMSMA. On 20 February 2003, the LIS team also carried out its first five official surveys.

Victim Assistance

The Victim Support component of the Mine Action Capacity Building Project got underway in October 2002. Victim Support continues to work in close partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare. The project has trained over eight hundred fifty persons at the field level on a mechanism to set priorities in the community-based rehabilitation project. Persons with a disability are involved at both field and decision making level. The first feedback regarding their priorities from the sub-region was initiated this week. All regions of the country will provide feedback during the next two months. Their feedbacks will serve as the foundation for the national plan and working groups. Future projects were more clearly defined and discussions have started to unfold with potential partners within this week.