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, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.
News and updates
NPA Vietnam complete CMRS of all accessible areas in Quang Tri province
NPA’s latest Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor is out
NPA Vietnam staff speak at the UNMAS's symposium on the theme "Mine Action Cannot Wait"
Protecting civilians from explosive weapons in Peru – the importance of stockpile destruction
What we do
NPA clears landmines, cluster munitions and explosives left after war and conflict. Since the first mine clearance operations startet up in Cambodia 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...
Mine Detection Dogs
NPA's breeding and training center for mine and explosive detection dogs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina is recognised as one of the best in the sector. 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 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...
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...