A programme is working to enhance Sri Lanka’s recovery from the 2004 tsunami by improving environmental infrastructure in the coastal district of Ampara.
The Environmental Remediation Programme (ERP) focuses on solid waste management, environmental restoration and improvement of urban surface water drainage. The programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNOPS, in collaboration with the local authorities and communities in each stage of the project, from design to completion.
Managing solid waste
by Boutros Hobeika [ United Nations Mine Action Office, Sudan ]
Sudan’s1 socioeconomic rehabilitation programs help mine/explosive-remnants-of-war survivors and persons with disabilities find work and reintegrate into society, but policies need to be created to ensure that victims are not discriminated against as they seek employment.
While Sudan officially entered into a post-war era on January 9, 2005, explosive remnants of war (ERW) continue to maim, kill, obstruct the delivery of humanitarian aid, and impede development and reconstruction. The reported number of landmine/ERW casualties in Southern Sudan totals 4,290; however the actual figure is likely to be much higher. The socio-economic cost of landmines in terms of inhibition of agricultural production, food security, economic activities, and freedom of movement is incalculable.
The climate of political insecurity and change in Sudan has affected the resource mobilisation efforts for the North Mine Action Office. So far, UNMAO has been unable to secure any funds to continue its operations in North Sudan post 30 June 2011.
What is the UN Mine Action Office?
A Stark and Timely Reminder