Ensuring the safety of the civilian population through demining and education on the risks of explosive devices
The contamination of the north of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania by antipersonnel mines and explosive remnants of war is due to its involvement in the Western Sahara conflict of 1976-1978, marked by chaotic mining and the use of a large number of mines, generally without any laying plan. Forty-six years after the war, mines continue to kill, hinder development in the north of the country, and block economic activities such as: agro-pastoral activities, mining research, fishing, tourism, trade. Today, the Mauritanian government has estimated the total area of mine contamination in the country to be 16.18km2. However, 96% of this mine contamination (both anti-personnel and anti-tank) is concentrated in Nouadhibou region.
Carry out demining operations, promote safe behavior regarding explosive risks and strengthen the mine action capacities of the local partner