FSD France carries out various components of the fight against explosive remnants of war (ERW), including the following:
- Technical investigation
- Clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance
- Community Liaison
- Handover of cleared land
We apply best practices and use a combination of the following standard methodologies as the situation requires:
- Manual demining
- Mechanical demining (demining machines to prepare the ground for subsequent search or quality control)
- Dogs (for quality control and survey only, not for actual demining).
FSD France typically combines these technical initiatives with Mine Risk Education programmes for the civilian populations, or with mine safety training for humanitarian workers who must enter potentially dangerous areas.
Whenever possible, the FSD France maintains close contact with the local population to integrate their needs into the planning and implementation of the programmes.
National capacity building is a pillar of all our programmes: We train local staff and continuously develop the capacity of the local population to deal with the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance themselves.
At the request of the national authorities, FSD France also plans and implements projects to collect and destroy small arms, light weapons and ammunition stockpiles.