Croatia is affected by landmines and, to a lesser extent, explosive remnants of war (ERW). The contamination is a legacy of four years of armed conflict associated with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia during the early 1990s. More than 500 people have been killed and over 1,400 people were injured as a result of landmine/ERW contamination.
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Mine Action Programme Croatia was established in Benkovac, Zadar County in 2001.
The NPA programme’s key activities included: task impact assessment, general mine/UXO survey, technical survey, mine/UXO clearance, cluster munitions clearance, mine risk education and, limited mine victims assistance.
The programme was phased out in 2011.