|Duration:||September 2003 - May 2006|
|Budget:||Estimated total: $2,486,854|
|Regions covered:||Three districts comprising the Prefecture of Kukes in North-Eastern Albania: Kukes, Has, and Tropoje|
To Contribute to the release of High and Medium priority minefields and battle areas in Northeast Albania according to the National Master Clearance Plan and to the establishment of a national demining capacity.
The extent of the mine and UXO contamination includes an area of approximately 120km along the Kosovo-Albanian border, from Montenegro in the north to Macedonia in the south, laid by the former Republic of Yugoslavia forces during the Kosovo crisis and UXO remnants of Yugoslav artillery clusters strikes up to 20 km inside Albania as well as remnants of ordnance released by NATO aircrafts.
The mines and UXO contamination indirectly affects all of the population of the Kukes prefecture, which includes almost 120,000 while more than 25,000 are directly affected in 39 villages. Since 1999, there have been 208 mine/uxo accidents in which 238 persons were injured and 34 killed.
A national Mine Action Strategy has been formulated in June 2002 and revised in mid 2004. The specific Goals of the National Strategy for mine/UXO clearance are:
1. Albania free from the effect of mines by the end of 2006 where all HIGH and MEDIUM impact areas are cleared and a National Capacity is established to deal with the remained problem.
2. Albania free from mines and UXOs by the end of 2009 where all LOW impact areas are cleared.
From 2000 to 2004, various demining organizations as RONCO, HELP, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) and Danish Church Aid (DCA-Act) have been present in Albania conducting mine and UXO clearance operations and about 11 million m2 of formerly contaminated land has been released by these organizations and handed over to the community.
The project restarted in the new working season in March 2005 with the remaining funds enlarging also its activities beyond the technical clearance straight to clearance operations. DCA-Act has been selected by UNDP as the implementing partner following an open tender process. DCA-Act is implementing the activities on the ground by operating with four survey and clearance teams and one Mine Detection Dogs Team. Actual field operations are conducted according to the priorities determined by the AMAE and executed by the teams best suited for the specific terrain. Capacity building is a specific objective in the work plan of the project. In particular a formal objective evaluation process will be established for all national staff with the goal of eventually handing over responsibility for the planning, management, execution and supervision of the demining organisation to the national staff.
Objective 1: Conduct technical surveys and clearance of mined and battle areas in the North East Albania
Objective 2: Technical and managerial training of national personnel for the future establishment of the National Demining Organisation
The primary beneficiaries of this initiative will be the communities, the border police, and individuals - the men, women and children most affected by landmines. The communities of the mine affected villages will have the opportunity to benefit from the development projects in the region which are now hampered by the presence of mine and UXO-s.
|Implementing partners:||Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Local Government, AMAC, AMAE, Kukes Prefecture, DCA-Act.|
The Project is being implemented by UNDP in close partnership with AMAE, the National Authority for Mine Action which is in charge of the overall technical oversight for the implementation of the field activities. AMAE will ensure proper coordingation between the TSC Project and all the other Mine Action activities in teh country.
The TSC Project is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of delegated representatives of the Albanian Government, EU Delegation and UNDP and coordinated by a Management Committee composed of the EC Programme Manager for Integrated Border Management, UNDP CO representative, the UNDP Mine Action Chief Technical Advisor, the Director of AMAE and representatives from DCA-Act.
AMAE/UNDP Chief Technical Advisor
AMAE Office Tel/Fax 00355 437 37 80
|Subsequent project phases:|| Albanian Mine Action Programme (AMAP) - Support Mine Action Programme and Capacity Building Project
(March 2003 - July 2008)
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