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Lebanon

IMPACT

 
  • To mark the Line of Withdrawal between Lebanon and Israel, also called the Blue Line, thereby contribute to regional security and stability in the region.

 

  • Support for the Lebanese Mine Action Centre (LMAC) in the coordination of UNIFIL demining assets to contribute towards the humanitarian clearance of mines, cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war (ERW) impacting local communities in the UNIFIL area of responsibility.

 

  • Ensure that deminers are operating safely and in accordance with their in-country SOPs and National Mine Action Standards (NMAS); along with Quality Assurance (QA) monitoring of demining activities through validation and training support of UNIFIL demining units from Cambodia and China.

 

  • Provision of landmine/ERW and IED safety and awareness trainings for UNIFIL, Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), and other UN agency personnel, along with Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) events, and school engagement activities, ensuring safety and security to the local communities along with the mission personnel.

 

ABOUT

 

Landmines and other ERW continue to endanger the lives of local populations and UNIFIL personnel in the UNIFIL’s Area of Operations (AO). In total, six mine-related incidents occurred from July 2019 to June 2020 within the Mission AO resulting in one death and five injuries.

 

The United Nations Mine Action Service in Lebanon works in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and Resolution 2539 (2020) to encourage “the parties in coordination with UNIFIL to …. visibly mark the Blue Line in its entirety…”, and to provide UNIFIL and OGL personnel with the knowledge required in order to safely operate in environments where the presence of landmines and other ERW is known and/or suspected. UNMAS also supports the LMAC by coordinating EORE activities for local schools and communities.

 

ACTIVITIES

 

The UNIFIL J3-Combat Engineers Section coordinates operations for eight demining teams provided by Cambodia (CAMBMEU) and China (CHINMEU). UNMAS Lebanon supports these teams through the provision of quality assurance monitoring, validation and refresher training. UNMAS also provides landmine/ERW and IED safety and awareness briefings for UN personnel. Additionally, in keeping with UNIFIL’s Protection of Civilian’s Strategy, UNMAS coordinates EORE activities for local populations under the lead of the LMAC.

 

FUNDING

 

UNMAS Lebanon operational activities are funded by the UNIFIL Assessed Budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year ending on 30 June 2021. The programme continues to carry out activities without delay or interruption.

 

(Data updated: October 2020)