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Blog: Environmental mainstreaming at the 23rd National Mine Action Directors and UN Advisers meeting

The increasing profile of the environment in mine action is creating momentum for sector-wide policies to reduce harm and address climate change risks.

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Understandably the open burning and detonation of munitions featured in the side event's discussion on mine action activities that carry with them risks to the environment. Small arms ammunition was highlighted due to the volumes that have to be dealt with. Photo: US Army

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The side event panel discussion was an opportunity for several mine action operators to flag environmental issues that have emerged in the course of their operations. L-R Olaf Juergensen UNDP, Roland Evans GICHD and David Hewitson, Fenix Insight Ltd.
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Breaking out into small groups allowed space for enthusiastic discussions on five key themes around mine action and the environment.
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In 2014 Bosnia was hit by severe flooding, which also triggered landslides. With millions of mines still remaining from the conflict, this raised the spectre of the floods and mudflows mobilising land mines. Climate change is expected to lead to increased flood risks due to more unpredictable and intense rainfall. Photo: UNDP