Across the globe, and particularly in countries with weaker economies, dangerous and insecure ammunition storage areas ( ASAs ) pose an increasing humanitarian problem.
The Small Arms Survey has recorded more than 450 incidents in more than 90 countries of so-called unplanned explosions at munitions sites ( UEMS ) between 1987 and 2013. ASAs with large quantities of ageing and unstable munitions, inadequate guarding and physical security, and poor stockpile management are disasters waiting to happen.
In many cases, urban development has meant that ASAs that were once in isolated locations are now located in or in close proximity to heavily populated areas. Every year, thousands of civilians are killed, injured, made homeless, or forced to flee because of UEMS. In addition to the explosive risk they pose, poorly secured ASAs can result in weapons and ammunition being illegally sold, stolen, or otherwise diverted, further fuelling armed violence.
Physical Security and Stockpile Management around the globe reduces the risks of proliferation of weapons and ammunition and heightened levels of explosion risks.