How MAG is helping in Vietnam
Since 1999, MAG’s work in Vietnam has supported vulnerable communities, improving safety and aiding the implementation of development projects through the removal and destruction of the threat.
MAG listens to the needs of communities, removing and destroying cluster munitions and other items of UXO from vital productive land. By doing this, we are making it safe for families to grow food crops; build homes, schools, health clinics; and carry out other infrastructure projects free from danger and fear.
MAG conducts a range of activities to achieve its goal of improving community safety and facilitating socio-economic development. These include:
• Clearance of cluster munition strike sites or contaminated areas that have planned development projects. More than 80 per cent of tasks in Vietnam require the use of vegetation cutting teams, which include both mechanical and manual assets, increasing the efficiency of the clearance activities.
• Delivery of risk education to children and farmers, two of the most under-threat groups in society.
• Implementation of non-technical and technical survey to cancel suspected contaminated land, to enable its immediate use by communities as well as identify areas where clearance is needed.
• Deployment of Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams, which respond to requests to remove items of UXO that pose an immediate threat to community safety.
Since late 2013, MAG has worked in partnership with Norwegian People’s Aid to develop an Integrated Survey and Clearance Project in Quang Tri. The aim of this project is to survey and clear the province of all its remaining high-impact cluster munition contamination by 2020.
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