Removal of Explosive Remnants of War

The Government of Canada provides international assistance to countries in need, to remove the threat of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war, and to assist the survivors of mine and explosive remnants of war incidents. This assistance is provided in support of the Ottawa Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Specifically, START’s mine action funding is used to support the following types of activities: 

  • Assisting countries in clearing mines and explosive remnants of war from their land;
  • Providing mine risk education to individuals living in mine-affected communities;
  • Supporting persons who have been victims of mine and explosive remnants of war incidents;
  • Supporting advocacy activities which promote a mine free world.

START has provided funding for clearance activities in some of the most mine-affected countries in the world, including, most recently, Afghanistan, Libya, Colombia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lao PDR, and Mozambique. As a result of START funding, there has been regular and consistent monitoring of global activities relating to landmines and cluster munitions.

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