Support to the North West Coast Development Plan and Relevant Mine Action: Phase II

What is the Project About?

In partnership with the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Ministry of Defense, this project will build on the foundations put and the successes realized during the first phase to further strengthen the national capacities of stakeholders to address Mine Action in Egypt through the provision of relevant tools and mechanisms; reintegrate mine victims into the economy as productive community members; and support the continuation of mine clearance operations in line with the national Development Plan of the North West Coast. Phase II was launched with a new partnership agreement with the European Union. Through the project, the UNDP provides technical expertise and support through a combination of in-country technical assistance, visiting consultations, support to capacity development (including south-south study tours, participation in international conferences and workshops, and placements at relevant international training facilities) and assistance with resource mobilization and fund management.

Who finances this project?

The European Union

United Nations Development Programme



What have we accomplished so far?

  • The procurement of EUR 2 million worth of demining equipment, including an Armtrac 75T, in addition to 105 Foerster metal detectors and 11 Vallon detectors. With the funding by the European Union, the additional demining equipment will ensure that demining personnel are better equipped with the most advanced mine clearance machines to assure more safety and speed for mine clearance operations.
  • 7 amputees were fitted with new artificial limbs and 16 were fitted with spare parts. In addition, 23 survivors of mine incidents were identified and included in the list of beneficiaries.
  • The holding of the Regional Workshop on Ammunition Management and Ammunition Survey and Clearance was organized, from 13-17 September 2015 in Cairo, with the attendance and participation of 13 Arab countries. The workshop allowed for the exchange of expertise and lessons learned between participants.

Highlights

  • Explosive remnants of war land contamination affects an estimated 2,395 square kilometers of land in the North West Coast and has claimed 8,313 casualties (697 killed and 7,616 injured), of which 5,015 were civilians.
  • Due to contamination, the North West Coast and its inland desert suffer from a fragile socio-economic structure, with a modest contribution to the country's GDP not exceeding 0.7%, although covering over 16% of Egypt’s geographic area.
  • The project aims to improve access of the poor to existing financial products

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