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Japan to fund demining in Mauritania

Signing ceremony marks a new partnership between NPA Mauritania and the Government of Japan.

 On the 21st of March 2013, Norwegian People’s Aid’s Mauritania program signed a contract with the Japanese embassy in Mauritania for the provision of funding for demining equipment. This equipment will allow the NPA Mauritania program to expand its area of operations into the third and final contaminated province in Mauritania. This will be a joint projected conducted by the NPA Mauritania program in coordination with the government of Mauritania represented through the Ministry of Interior and the National Mine Action Center (PNDHD).

This project will bring the government of Mauritania closer to being able to meet its obligations as defined by the Mine Ban Treaty, and it is expected that Mauritania will be able to clear all known contaminated areas by the end of 2015.

Around 114,000 people live around the mine contaminated regions of Nouadibou province and can be considered direct beneficiaries of the project. The clearance of this region will improve overall security and allow for further economic development in the area, ensuring that mines and other explosive remnants of war are no longer an obstacle for development in Mauritania.

17.04.2013 | Torunn Aaslund