Mine Action

The term “mine action” does not refer to mine clearance only. It brings together all the activities aimed at reducing the impact of explosive devices found on a territory.

une équipe de démineurs sur le terrain avec la FSD
Iraq (2019) – A FSD demining team prepares
for the day’s operations.

Every year, children are killed or maimed
by remnants of explosive devices from past wars.

These devices include anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines, which have been knowingly laid by parties to a conflict, but also all ammunition that has not exploded as intended.

The “failure rate” can reach 40% and unexploded ordnance remains a threat after the fighting is over, sometimes even decades later.

Another source of danger for civilians are stocks of arms and ammunition, which can cause accidental explosions. They can also be looted and used in the manufacture of artisanal mines.

Mine action

Demining

Demining does not only include the neutralization and disposal of explosive devices, but also preliminary investigations aimed at determining the location of contaminated areas, as well as the mapping and marking that accompany them.

To date, FSD deminers have identified and destroyed nearly 1.4 million mines and unexploded ordnance. An area equivalent to more than four times the city of Paris has been secured.

Current operations

démineuse en action avec la FSD

Mine action

Stockpiles destruction

Many countries retain large quantities of old weapons and ammunition, which are often stored in inadequate conditions. Chemical reactions between the components can give rise to spontaneous ignitions, dangerous for the surrounding populations and harmful for the environment.

FSD has already destroyed 117 tons of obsolete weapons and ammunition.

Current operation

destruction des mines debrief avant operation avec FSD

Mine action

Risk education

Mine clearance is a long and arduous job. Until the land is secure, the best way to prevent accidents is to educate people living near contaminated areas.

Through FSD presentations in villages and schools, nearly 2.5 million people, most of them children, have so far learned to spot mines and unexploded ordnance and know what to do to stay safe in the face of this danger.

Current operations

sensibilisation aux risques des mines par la FSD

Mine action

Victim assistance

Every year, several thousand civilians are injured or maimed by mines and explosive remnants of war around the world.

Victim assistance is not limited to emergency care and medical treatment. It also includes measures to improve the social and economic situation of accident victims and their families.

The FSD intervenes more particularly on this secondary level, by means of personalized interventions.

Current operation

assistance aux blessés avec la FSD

Mine action

Capacity-building

Mine action programs are often implemented in a hurry, in countries still severely destabilized by the conflicts they have experienced. Coordination is then assumed by international NGOs or the United Nations.

The aim, however, is for the responsibility for mine action to fall to the governments of the countries concerned as soon as possible.

In this context, FSD is helping to strengthen the skills of the authorities to enable them to coordinate mine action on their territory in an efficient and autonomous manner.

Current operations

the FSD team goes to the minefield

News from the field

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Each day, they deploy their courage and expertise to make the world a safer place. Read the testimonials and stories from our employees around the world.

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Our activities

Our humanitarian programs focus on four main areas. Since its creation in 1997, FSD has conducted projects in about thirty countries.

1-MINES

mine action

The FSD locates and clears mines and unexploded ordnance, provides community education and provides assistance to survivors of accidental explosions.

3-PROTECTION-

Protection of the environment

FSD remediates sites contaminated by toxic substances from the past, including obsolete pesticide stocks and mining waste.

2-RELEVEMENT

recovery & stability

FSD supports ongoing peace processes in various countries and provides socio-economic support to communities.

4-INNOVATION-

innovation &
technology

The FSD collaborates on research projects aiming to use new technologies, such as drones, in mine action.