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In Colombia, FSD advises the national Mine Action Centre (OACP-Descontamina Colombia) on the implementation of an effective Mine Action strategy. A project for the socio-economic reintegration of mine victims by installing urban vegetable gardens is also being implemented.


FSD experts providing support to the Colombian government on mine detection dogs (Colombia, 2019)



Almost six decades of civil war have left Colombia littered with improvised mines and unexploded ordnance.

In 2015, as part of the peace negotiations, the government and the FARC armed group reached a ceasefire agreement. This agreement helped to contribute to the development of a national mine action strategy.

Significant efforts have since been made with several thousand deminers deployed throughout the country. The goal is now for the country to be completely free of mines by 2025.

To achieve this objective, many challenges still have to be overcome, particularly in relation to the topography and vegetation in contaminated areas, and due to persistent insecurity.

Improvised mines are still used by the remaining armed groups to protect coca plantations. In 2020, 167 mine victims were recorded in the country.

We worked with local authorities on a regulation to limit the environmental impact of demining activities in the Amazonian forest.

Sandra Sguerra

FSD Environmental Advisor in Colombia

Sandra - Colombia

Capacity building

Since 2016, a team of FSD experts advises the Colombian mine action authority in various technical fields.

This includes advice on the overall process of land release, clearance task prioritization, technical standards and procedures, information management and protection of the environment, particularly in national parks.

Capacity building of local authorities, Colombia.

Mine victim assistane

In 2022, FSD set up a project for the socio-economic reintegration of mine accident survivors through the introduction of urban vegetable gardens.

FSD provides the necessary equipment, accompanies the installation of hydroponic structures on the balconies of the beneficiaries and trains them to grow various vegetables and herbs so that they can sell them in markets and restaurants in the area. 

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FSD in Colombia

Given the complex political and conflict history in Colombia, the importance of land release is paramount. A large part of this process involves the clearance of the land of mines and explosive hazards. In this context, FSD provides expert advice to the Colombian national mine action authority, the OACP – Descontamina Colombia.

Since 2016, FSD has provided technical experts to advise and mentor the Colombian national mine action authority. Our experts are specialized in: mapping, information management, demining strategy, explosive ordnance clearance, mine detection dogs and mechanical demining. 

FSD’s team also provide input and advice to the OACP – Descontamina Colombia in the development of national standards in accordance with international standards and adapted to the Colombian context.  

FSD contributes to protecting the Amazonian forest from the possible negative impacts of mine clearance. The organisation participated in the development and adoption, in 2017, of a law aimed at reducing the environmental impact of humanitarian demining operations, in particular in natural parks.

The number of mine victims in Colombia remains very high. In addition to injuries and amputations, multiple operations and rehabilitation, in most cases, survivors find themselves unemployed, isolated and sometimes perceived as a burden by society. To address this, FSD launched a socio-economic reintegration project in 2022 in the form of urban vegetable gardens. This was undertaken in coordination with the Colombian government’s Victims Unit and the local NGO SEREZA.


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