This recently introduced RENEW/NPA approach to systematically cleaning up unexploded ordnance is starting to show positive results. The NTS teams conduct desk studies and village meeting and collect valuable information from local residents that lead to exact sites of dangerous ordnance. This “evidence-based” approach is then followed by sweeps of the area using tested methodology that is specific to cluster bombs strikes. A pattern or “footprint” is determined quickly and followed by cleanup of the ordnance found and, ultimately, when all ordnance in the area has been destroyed, the team informs local residents that the area is now safe for normal activities.
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