VUB Conference: Demining and the environment - it’s not just rats and drones, but they help!

At the conference on Confronting the Landmine Challenge: Environmental Implications and Policy Responses, organised by The Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), a much needed conversation was started between mine affected countries, demining organisations and donors. The under-reported topic of environmental impacts of landmines, on people and planet, was brought into focus as a light was shone on the realities of living in mine affected countries, the challenges of demining, and the innovative techniques being used to locate and remove a weapon which has been illegal for 25 years.

Innovation is not only found in demining techniques, but also in personnel, such as the creation in Azerbaijan of women only demining teams. ...

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