The Norwegian People's Aid's first demining operations took place in Cambodia in 1992. Today, NPA covers the full life-cycle of weapons and ammunitions – with interventions to protect civilians before, during and after conflict.
Since 1992, we have removed more than 2 million anti-personnel landmines and explosive remnants of war in 40 countries, freeing 1 billion square metres of land for productive use.
Parallel to clearing landmines and explosives, NPA has taken a forward-leading role in civil society's push for states to negotiate, adopt, adhere to, and implement international weapons treaties such as the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Treaty (MBT), the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW).
Where we work
NPA currently has 20 ongoing Mine Action programmes in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, the Balkans and the Middle East.
News and updates
European Union funds EUR 3.9 million Demining Action Project in Kosovo
Humanitarian mine action operations underway in Yarmouk Camp
30 years of Mine Action
Land in Al-Zubair District farmed for the first time since the Gulf War (1990–1991)
What we do
Survey and Clearance
NPA clears landmines and cluster bombs left after war and conflict. Since we started up operations in 1992, we have cleared one billion square metres of land and removed over 2 million landmines and explosives in 45 countries. Read more...
NPA is highly engaged in policy and advocacy work and civil society's push for international weapons treaties such as the Mine Ban Treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. Read more...
Conflict Preparedness and Protection (CPP)
The use of explosive weapons in populated places causes extreme suffering. NPA empowers civilians with the tools and knowledge they need to be better prepared and protected. Read more...
Explosive Ordnance Risk Education
NPA conducts Risk Education in mine-affected communities so that people can stay safe until land has been cleared. Risk Education allow people to live and work as safely as possible in the face of explosive weapons. Read more...
NPA assists states in the management and safe destruction of arms. Weapons and ammunition that are not properly secured and destroyed, can potentially have fatal consequences for civilians. Read more...
NPA has taken the lead on environmental protection in the Mine Action and Disarmament sector, adopting new ways of working to minimize the environmental impact of survey and disposal methods. Read more...