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Basic Information

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2011-03-11 — 2014-12-31



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.


Democratic governance
  • Public sector policy and administrative management (015110): 10%
Private sector development
  • Agricultural land resources (031130): 20%
Peace and security
  • Removal of land mines and explosive remnants of war (015250): 70%


Expected Results

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Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of June 2014 include: (1) more than 42 square kilometres of affected land, in the most mine-affected areas of north-west Cambodia (Battambang,Bantey Meanchey and Pailin) was cleared of land mines based on priorities established at provincial and local levels. resulting in rural Cambodians having access to productive land for agriculture, irrigation canals, housing, roads, and health clinics; (2) the number of casualties from land mines and explosive remnants of war in the three target provinces decreased from 4,300 in 1996 to 13 in 2013; and (3) more than 25,000 people benefitted directly by gaining housing and agricultural plots on the newly cleared land and more than 233,400 people benefitted indirectly because of the reduced risk of injury from land mines and because they use the infrastructure, such as schools, roads and hospitals, built on the cleared land.

The Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) played a key role in leading the implementation of the National Mine Action Strategy through the technical Working Group on Mine Action. The CMAA’s capacity 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 was significantly improved. The CMAA 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.The CMAA also issued new control procedures to strengthen its performance management systems and increase its operational efficiency and effectiveness.

These results have contributed to reducing the number of land mine casualties by 67% (exceeding the target of an annual reduction of ten percent) and to clearing land which can then be used productively to contribute to reducing poverty in Cambodia.

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Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme2011-03-18Grant