CAMBODIAN MINE ACTION CENTRE
IN COOPERATION WITH
JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION SYSTEMS
PROJECT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF MINE CLEARANCE RELATED EQUIPMENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
The Cambodian problem of landmines and UXO has been the direct result of decades of wars and conflicts which have devastated the country in every sense. Today, the people of Cambodia have to deal with one of the worst impacts of mines and UXO contamination on the surface of the globe. In the course of these conflicts, each warring faction has polluted indiscriminately and scattered without record or regard to later consequence their killing tools of mines and unexploded ordinances (UXOs). It has been estimated that between 4 to 6 million landmines have been laid - the frightening statistics of one landmine for every two rural Cambodians. In addition, there are the UXOs - the remains of the massive air bombing campaign, and the ordinance that litters the many battlefronts, which are part of the two to three million tons of ammunition expended from 1970 to 1997.
Dealing with these landmines and UXO requires patience, expertise, vast financial resources and advanced technology. As a leading national demining organization in Cambodia, and one of the leading demining organizations worldwide, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has taken every effort to increase its productivity and improve its efficiency. As mine action evolves and technology advances, CMAC continues to make enormous efforts to carry out research and development of demining related equipment. The successful introduction and application of the mechanical brush cutters, procured in three phases under the Japanese grant aid scheme, is the evidence of success so far in its R&D activities. The application of these machines in the minefields has resulted in a significant increase in clearance productivity.
As part of the continuous effort by CMAC to improve its demining technology, and as a manifestation by...