|Target date for completion of mine clearance||3|
|National funding of programme||5|
|Land release system in place||5|
|National mine action standards||4|
|Reporting on progress||4|
Iraq’s national mine action programme performed poorly again in 2015, beset by low rates of clearance, little transparency, and set back by conflict and the impact of declining oil revenues. Even the process of elaborating an extension request to its Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) Article 5 deadline is proving a major challenge for the national authority. In the northern Kurdistan Region, the Iraq Kurdistan Mine Action Authority (IKMAA) was perceived to have performed more creditably during the latest reporting period, responding effectively to new use of improvised mines by Islamic State.
- Iraq should strengthen the mandate, management, personnel, and resources of the Department of Mine Action (DMA).
- The DMA and IKMAA should formulate multi-year plans setting out policy, priorities, and objectives for mine clearance.
- The DMA should streamline registration and accreditation procedures and take action to facilitate the import of demining equipment.