Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon

Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC)

06/03/2020 - 13:48
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The overall aim of the project is to reduce the impact of mines on the security and livelihood of the population in Lebanon and the region through the promotion of sustainable government structures.

Security LMAC

 

  • Budget: €2,010,000
  • Location: Lebanon Mine Action Center, Lebanon
  • Date of project: March 2016 – July 2020
  • Implementing Partner: UNDP

The European Union is committed to helping Lebanon in its fight against any external and internal security threats, including through the provision of assistance related to mine action.

Mines and explosive remnants of war are a painful legacy of Lebanon’s last four decades of conflict, including the civil war and the 2006 war, having contaminated vast swathes of land and caused many casualties.

While the contamination spares no region, the southern and Nabatiyeh parts of the country were particularly affected in the aftermath of the 2006 Israel war on Lebanon. More recently, large sections of land in the northeastern border with Syria started witnessing an increase in landmines and explosive remnants, in light of the fight against terrorist groups such as ISIS.

Explosive remnants of war are a grave humanitarian threat to residents of affected areas, and contamination presents afflicted countries and communities with substantial barriers to development.

In 1988, the Council of Ministers established the Lebanon Mine Action Authority (LMAA) chaired by the Minister of Defense and tasked with planning and implementing the Lebanon Mine Action Programme (LMAP). In 2007, a National Mine Action Policy was issued, outlining the roles and responsibilities of the LMAP and directly engaging relevant ministries to further structure the action.

Through this policy, the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) was designated as the responsible body to execute and coordinate the LMAP on behalf of the LMAA. The LMAC has therefore become one of the focus of the European Union’s mine action initiatives, which aim to enable it to implement the National Mine Action Policy. LMAC also seeks to promote the capacity of army personnel to adopt a humanitarian approach rather than a strictly military approach.

The support of an international body such as the UNDP, which carries long lasting experience in mine action and capacity building of Lebanese public institutions, also became relevant to support the local organisations and institutions which still have very limited capacity to take on this responsibility.

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Security LMAC

 

  • Reduce the impact of mines on the security and livelihood of the population in Lebanon and the region through the promotion of sustainable government structures

 

Security LMAC

 

First responders to CBRN incidents and relevant institutions, including:

  • Communities affected by contamination
  • Victims of mines
  • Landowners

 

Security LMAC

 

The support provided to the LMAC comes under various forms:

  • Managing data
  • Installing new hardware
  • Liaising with local authorities
  • Prioritization and tasking for clearance conducted by international NGOs
  • Liaising with the Mine Risk Education (MRE) Steering Committee to organise and implement a national MRE campaign
  • Learning and training on the use of social media and on MRE for Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Monitoring its current strategy
  • Mobilising funding
  • Assessing capacity building needs
  • Providing local non-army staff

Other activities include:

  • Consolidating land release data and reports
  • Support in quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC)
  • Monitoring projects implemented by partners related to Mine Victim Assistance (MVA), liaising with its Steering Committee, mapping victims’ needs, requesting assistance from the private sector in terms of reintegrating and providing services to the victims
  • Training the private sector on inclusion
  • Initiating the first Disability job fair

 

Security LMAC

 

  • National capacity reinforced to document and prioritise clearance operations and the resulting socio-economic impact
  • Impacted communities empowered and equipped to deal with the residual risk of mines
  • Victims enabled to socially and economically reintegrate into their communities
  • LMAC’s institutional capacity strengthened to enable the LMAC to meet its national, regional, and international obligations as well as transfer its expertise to support stability, security, and territorial cohesion

Based on all the support that resulted in harmonisation with international standards, considerable increase in efficiency, recognised enhancement of reporting and transparency, LMAC is now considered as an exemplary mine action centre worldwide.

 

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