Supporting the capacity development of Central and local stakeholders in Mine Action activities in Libya (2014-2015)
Libya is contaminated with landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) as a result of the North Africa Campaign during World War II and as well as wars with Egypt in 1977 and Chad from 1980 to 1987. The border regions with Chad, Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia are affected to varying degrees by mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) as are areas in the north of the country along the Mediterranean coastal areas. There are unconfirmed suspect of hazardous areas in desert parts of Libya, ports, urban areas and along beaches.
In 2003, more than a decade after the sanctions were put in place, Libya began to make dramatic foreign policy changes abandoning of its weapon of mass destruction programme which opened a door for Libya to re-join the international community. Since then, Libya has made formal request to UNDP for technical assistance in mine action and ERW clearance programme along its borders with Egypt in the east and Chad in the South.
The overall objective of the capacity building project is to develop and modernize the national structures of the mine action program already in place in Libya in order to better address the threat posed by landmines and ERW in Libya.
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