Canada’s support for demining efforts

Backgrounder

Canada has contributed $237 million over the last decade to mine action around the world. Canada currently supports mine action as part of development assistance and stabilization programming in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Ukraine.

The funding announced today includes the following projects.

Mine clearance for resettlement and restored livelihoods in Sri Lanka: $1.9 million over three years

Implemented by the HALO Trust, this project will benefit over 22,000 people in northern Sri Lanka. This includes more than 1,200 conflict-affected women, men and children who will be able to settle on cleared land and another 1,190 who will be able to resume or improve their livelihoods following the clearance of economically valuable farmland, wooded areas and coastal areas. In addition, more than 20,000 people will benefit from this initiative through enhanced security and easier access to irrigation systems and public services.

Explosive remnants of war threat-reduction and clearance in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine: $3.5 million over three years

Through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, this initiative will reduce risks posed to civilians from explosive remnants of war in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine through mine risk awareness education, community liaison and hazard-marking and clearance operations.

Building Ukraine’s humanitarian demining capacity: $350,725 over two years

This project aims to strengthen the Ukrainian government’s capacity to undertake demining activities in eastern Ukraine. The project will assist in developing policies, practices and institutions; training; installing and operating a digital map showing hazards and cleared areas; and procuring modern equipment.


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