This project supports mine clearing activities throughout Cambodia, taking into account lessons learned from past experiences. The multi-donor Trust Fund improves mechanisms for funding mine clearance in order to promote efficiency, accountability, and the targeting of mine clearance resources on development priorities established at national, provincial and local levels.
The project works to strengthen the capacities for mine action policy-making, strategy formulation and prioritization of mine clearance tasks in accordance with development priorities established at provincial and local levels through participatory mechanisms. It allows for designated high priority contaminated land to be cleared, thus allowing renewed safe access to roads, infrastructure, land, and other resources. The renewed access to these resources is expected to promote economic growth and poverty reduction throughout the country.
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Results as of March 2013 include: more than 25 square kilometres of affected land, in the most mine-affected areas of north-west Cambodia, was cleared of land mines based on priorities established at provincial and local levels. As a result, rural Cambodians have access to productive land and there was a substantial decrease in casualties from land mines and explosive remnants of war in the three target provinces, from 4,300 in 1996 to only 39 in 2012. Cleared land that is not farmed is used for irrigation canals, roads, schools, and health clinics. More 25,000 people benefitted directly by gaining housing and agricultural plots on the cleared land, and more than 215,000 people benefitted indirectly as a result of the reduced risk of injury from land mines and through their use of the schools, roads, and so on, built on the cleared land.
The project significantly enhanced the capacity of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority for mine action planning and monitoring, and ensuring greater transparency and cost-efficiency in making land available to poor women and men living in rural areas. The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority promoted the efficient use of resources by demining operators, by undertaking a competitive bidding process to award mines clearance contracts, and by ensuring that baseline surveys were undertaken to allocate mine clearance assets and resources more efficiently and coherently.
These results have contributed to reducing the number of land mine casualties by 43%, exceeding the target of an annual reduction of ten percent, and to 57% of the land cleared being used for agricultural purposes, which directly contributes to improving Cambodians’ access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food.
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|UNDP - United Nations Development Programme||2011-03-18||Grant|