UNDP Administrator visits the Mine Detection Dogs Center in Amran Governorate

Apr 21, 2011

UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, receives award from the Head of Mines Action Project

On her last field visit trip in Yemen, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Chair Ms. Helen Clark visited UNDP Mine Detection Dogs Center in Wadhi Dahr, in Amran Governorate.

UNDP Administrator was shown dogs’ skills in detecting mines under difficult circumstances and in difficult terrains. In addition, the project presented to the UNDP Administrator the impressive achieved results in demining vast areas of the country and the plans for the future. The center was established in 2001, with support from the Government of Germany. It is part of the UNDP Yemen long intervention to improve mine detection in mine survey and clearance. It contributes to the Government fulfilling its mine-ban treaty obligations under the Ottawa convention by 1 March 2015. In the last four decades, Yemen witnessed a number of armed conflicts, each leaving behind significant levels of landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

Due to topography and environmental conditions in Yemen, demining operations in many mine polluted areas are difficult, risky and costly. Accordingly, mine detection dogs are suitable for such locations as they prove to be faster and more cost effective compared to manual demining. Furthermore, the Landmines Impact Survey results clearly indicate that use of mine detection dogs is suitable in most of mine suspected areas in Yemen. The project further strengthens and develops the management and technical capacities of the Yemen Mine Action Center to ensure smooth operations and sustainability.

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