Dong Ha, Quang Tri (27 August 2019) — The Second Regional Cluster Munitions Remnants Survey (CMRS) workshop began today in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam with opening statements delivered by H.E. Mr. Daniel J. Kritenbrink, the US Ambassador to Vietnam and H.E. Mr. Hoang Nam, Deputy Chairman of Quang Tri Province People’s Committee.
The workshop is hosted by Quang Tri and Vietnamese authorities and organized by NPA with the generous support of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA).
The workshop aims to identify best practice in CMRS in South East Asia, to better assist the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam to address the severe scope of cluster munition contamination present in the region and allow them for better planning of their clearance resources.
The national authorities of each country, as well as NGOs and other stakeholders working in the region, will share experiences in CMRS implementation and discuss the principles and approaches that can be considered best practice. All participants share the same objective: remove legacies of war more efficiently and more effectively through the application of CMRS, to improve the lives and livelihoods of people across South East Asia.
It is appropriate that the 2nd workshop on CMRS methodology is taking place in Quang Tri province. Quang Tri is one of the provinces with the heaviest contamination from cluster munitions and other UXO, and is a model of partnership and transparency in mine action. All partners in Quang Tri work towards the goal of being the first province in Vietnam to be free from contamination by 2025.
Project RENEW was established in 2001 as a joint effort between the government of Quang Tri Province and interested INGOs to “restore the environment and neutralize the effects of the war” – with the main focus on unexploded ordinance.
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is one of the leading organizations worldwide in humanitarian disarmament. NPA has worked in Vietnam since 2008 following the signing of an MOU with the government of Quang Tri People’s Committee to support the development of Project RENEW’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) capacity. NPA’s operational footprint now covers all of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue Provinces, with an increase of assets to four Battle Area Clearance teams, one Non-Technical Survey team, four EOD teams, and 25 Technical Survey teams.
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