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Additional activities

Mine action work crosses all three humanitarian, development and peace and security sectors. It demands established connections with local actors and a deep knowledge of local dynamics, laws, administrative procedures and logistics. FSD is therefore well-positioned, and regularly engages in, emergency assistance, socio-economic development activities and support to peace efforts.

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A fresco in Camp Leclerc near Bouar, the second biggest city in the Central African Republic. This camp is used to rehabilitate former fighters and conduct socioeconomic reintegration programmes. (Central African Republic, 2021)

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Sectors of action

Aside from mine action, FSD conducts humanitarian activities in two main areas.

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Environment & Biodiversity

FSD remediates sites contaminated by toxic pollutants inherited from the past and works to promote biodiversity and resilience to climate change.

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Recovery & Stability

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

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Environment & Biodiversity

Similarly to landmines, toxic pesticides and heavy metals present in the soil constitute invisible threats to the local communities and ecosystems. FSD remediates land contaminated by such pollutants and provides different types of environmental support to the concerned communities.

FSD also runs projects to promote biodiversity and strengthen community resilience to climate change.

Environment & Biodiversity

Pesticide remediation

Since 2016, FSD has been working in Tajikistan to clean soils contaminated by ancient stocks of pesticides from the Soviet era. So far, such activities mainly involve removing the soils’ contaminated layers, transferring them to safe deposit storage and replacing them with clean soil.

At the same time, FSD is working with the United Nations to develop a technique to remediate contaminated soil in order to solve the problem for good.

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Resilience to climate change

High temperatures and strong winds eroding soils combined with poor investment in farming infrastructure make some countries highly vulnerable to food insecurity. Action is needed to avoid economic losses, humanitarian challenges and environmental degradation from more frequent, intense, and unpredictable climate-related events.

FSD’s climate change resilience projects focus on food security by planting trees for phytoremediation purposes, ensuring access to safe water for local communities, and promoting sustainable crop and vegetable production.

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Greenhouses built by our teams are available to local communities with instruction on what crops to grow and how. This helps to feed several families in a country which is extremely vulnerable to climate change and food insecurity.

Dr. Din Mohammad Nickhwah

FSD Country Director Tajikistan

Dr. Din Mohammad Nickhwah
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Recovery & stability

After armed conflicts, appropriate programmes must be put in place to consolidate peace and restore economic and social stability. In its areas of operations, FSD conducts targeted interventions to support peace efforts and to enable the population to access basic services through the support of local initiatives and skills.

Recovery & stability

Support to peace processes

FSD helps to promote stability in several post-conflict areas. In the Central African Republic, the organisation supports the establishment of joint peace forces composed of members of the government forces and of former rebels groups through the rehabilitation of infrastructures and the provision of logistical and administrative support.

In the Philippines, on the western island of Mindanao, FSD supports the formation of joint peace forces and uses demining as a mediation tool between former belligerents.

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Recovery & Stability

Socioeconomic assistance

FSD uses its presence in countries affected by armed conflicts to carry out various socioeonomic support projects. This includes, for instance, improving access to drinking water, electricity (solar) and education.

In all its operations, FSD works to create employment and opportunities for the affected communities. More than 90% of FSD’s programme staff are recruited and trained locally. For its infrastructure rehabilitation projects, FSD works with local companies. The organisation also supports specific projects to promote economic reintegration of women victims of domestic violence and former combatants.

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An FSD deminer in blue protective vest and visors conducts manual landmine clearance at Khamadoni