Provision of technical oversight of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) demining assets in order to facilitate UNIFIL’s efforts 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 Standard of Procedure SOPs and National Mine Action Standards (NMAS); along with Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Assurance (QC) 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.
Landmines and other ERW continue to endanger the lives of local populations and UNIFIL personnel in the UNIFIL Area of Operations (AO). In March 2021, two mine-related incidents occurred within the Mission AO, resulting in the injury of a shepherd as well as a deminer from the international NGO Mine Advisory Group (MAG). In July 2021 another accident occurred with a Cambodian deminer – first UNIFIL mine clearance incident since 2009.
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.
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.
June 2022 Achievements:
29 QA/QC monitoring visits to the Chinese and Cambodian multi-role engineering units’ demining tasks.
1 refresher training support event for Cambodian deminer after a prolonged cease in operations.
1 landmine/ERW & IED safety training for OGL/UNTSO Observers as part of their induction.
1 landmine/ERW & IED safety training and practical exercise for UN staff part of the SSAFE Course.
UNMAS Lebanon operational activities are funded by the UNIFIL Assessed Budget for the 2021/2022 fiscal year ending on 30 June 2022. The programme continues to carry out activities without delay or interruption.
Data as of June 2022