Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cluster Munition Remnants

Anti-Personnel Mines

  • Article 5 deadline

    1 March 2019

  • Performance


Performance Indicator Score
Problem understood 6
Target date for completion of mine clearance 5
Targeted clearance 7
Efficient clearance 6
National funding of programme 7
Timely clearance 3
Land release system in place 6
National mine action standards 7
Reporting on progress 7
Improving performance 5
Performance score 5.9

Performance Commentary

The performance of the mine action programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was mixed in 2015. Continuation of the European Union (EU) pilot project on land release, and development of national standards on land release, technical survey, and non-technical survey (NTS) are steps towards more efficient land release. If systematically applied, these techniques would allow the location and extent of contamination to be more accurately identified, and to avoid unnecessary full clearance of areas that are not contaminated. In addition, however, estimates of confirmed hazardous area (CHA) and suspected hazardous area (SHA) were inconsistent between different reporting forums, without sufficient justification or adequate explanation, as was BiH’s reported land release data.

Recommendations for Action

  • BiH should implement the recommendations of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Mine Action Governance and Management Assessment. In particular, BiH should continue reforming the governance and management of the mine action programme, empowering the Demining Commission to provide political leadership, root out corruption, and begin consultations with a wide range of local and international stakeholders on a new mine action law.
  • BiH should review, adopt, and operationalise new evidence-based methods of land release, to more accurately delineate areas of confirmed contamination, and cancel or reduce areas where evidence of mines is lacking.
  • BiH should conduct a high-level effort to seek new local, national, and international sources of funding.
  • BiH should update its completion plan for mine survey and clearance, based on the findings of the 2015 revision of the mine action strategy and latest available information.
  • The BiH Mine Action Centre (BHMAC) should ensure it reports more accurately and consistently on land release data (disaggregated by method of release), as well as on mined areas, including using the terms CHA and SHA in a manner consistent with the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).

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