Cluster Munition Remnants

Anti-Personnel Mines

  • Article 5 deadline

    1 March 2023

  • Performance


Performance Criterion Score
Understanding of anti-personnel mine contamination (20% of overall score) 7
National ownership and programme management (10% of overall score) 8
Gender (10% of overall score) 6
Information management and reporting (10% of overall score) 8
Planning and tasking (10% of overall score) 8
Land release system (20% of overall score) 6
Land release outputs and Article 5 compliance (20% of overall score) 7
Performance score 7.0

Key Developments

The amount of land released in 2019 dipped from the previous year although by a slightly smaller percentage than the drop in international donor funding. The Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) introduced a national standard for clearing mines of an improvised nature (called “Abandoned Improvised Mines” (AIMs)) in March 2019 and focused more attention on their survey and clearance.

Recommendations for Action

  • DMAC should review land release standards and practices to encourage greater application of non-technical survey/cancellation and technical survey/area reduction.
  • Afghanistan should revise and update its Article 5 deadline extension request to provide a timeline to take account of lower levels of donor funding and the additional challenge of mines of an improvised nature.
  • The Afghan government should provide funding to mine action, particularly in areas where survey and clearance facilitate priority national development projects.

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