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Commission to launch de-mining research programme

The European Commission will shortly launch a research programme to make de-mining safer and faster. The research will contribute to the real needs of humanitarian agencies involved in the clearing of anti-personnel and anti-tank land-mines throughout the world.

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The European Commission will shortly launch a research programme to make de-mining safer and faster. The research will contribute to the real needs of humanitarian agencies involved in the clearing of anti-personnel and anti-tank land-mines throughout the world.

Land-mines laid in conflicts remain a danger to civilians years after the conflict itself has ended, with some 26,000 people killed every year and many more injured. It is estimated that there are some 125 million uncleared land-mines in former war zones around the world. De-mining is a painstaking and hazardous activity, with the costs of detection about 150 times higher than the costs of producing mines.

The Commission's new initiative aims to harness new technologies to seek, identify and deactivate land-mines. Examples of these applications include improving minefield surveys, analysing data from multiple surveys to detect and identify individual mines, using geographical information databases to collate and store all information available on minefields and in mine removal.

The new programme will have a budget of ECU 15 million and will be managed by the ESPRIT programme, with technical support from the Joint Research Centre. The details of the programme will be discussed in a workshop at EITC 97, the annual ESPRIT conference, in Brussels on 26 November 1997. Following the definition of the areas to be addressed, a call for proposals is expected to be launched in March 1998.

Source: European Commission, Service du Porte-parole

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