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Humanitarian demining, Research and technological development funded by the European Commission

Funded under: FP5


This brochure summarises the actions funded by the European Commission in support of research and development of new technologies for humanitarian Mine Action.
Significant technical advances have been made in recent years in humanitarian demining, yet some of the most important of these have not received the publicity they merit. This brochure highlights a few of the successes which have come from European Commission funded, and co-funded, research and technological development. This work has been supported with a total of over EUR 55 million from the European Commission since 1994.
In addition to the new equipment already used by mine clearance organisations, a number of key technologies which have reached the point where they are ready for exploitation is highlighted.
This brochure also outlines the most important issues which must be addressed if advanced technologies are to fulfil their considerable potential in this humanitarian task. The need for action to facilitate the production of new demining tools and equipment, and to promote the utilisation of these new technologies in the field is fully endorsed. Clearing the world of mines is a moral imperative which demands the application of the best technical resources if the goal of a world free from anti-personnel mines is to be achieved in the lifetime of those most affected.

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