Baird Announces Support for Mine Action in Laos

Baird Announces Support for Mine Action in Laos

October 15, 2013 - Vientiane, Laos - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visits the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise Visitor Centre. During his visit, he announced a total of $1 million in Canadian support for two projects aimed at clearing unexploded ordnance in Laos.

“Canada is playing an important role in the protection of civilians against explosive remnants of war because we’ve seen their devastating impact on civilians,” said Baird. “Canada is pleased to announce additional support for mine action projects in Laos. The positive contributions announced today will not only help save lives but increase economic opportunities for the people of Laos.”

Canada supports a wide range of activities to address the grave humanitarian impact of anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. Since 2006, Canada has contributed more than $207 million to mine action around the globe.

Support announced today for the two projects will be provided through Canada’s Global Peace and Security Fund:

Support to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme

Implementing Partner: United Nations Development Programme

Cost: $500,000 

This project helps to clear land, reduce the threat of injury and death among the local population and support much-needed economic development. With Canada’s support, along with that of other donors, at least 2.375 hectares of agricultural land is expected to be cleared, providing residents with safe access to the cleared land.

Unexploded Ordnance Clearance in Khammouane Province, Laos

Implementing Partner: Mines Advisory Group

Cost: $507,000 

This project helps to clear land, reduce the threat of injury and death among the local population and support much-needed economic development. With Canada’s support, a minimum of 150,000 square metres of unexploded ordnance-contaminated land will be made safe and available for development, improving the lives and safety of residents in more than 40 villages.

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