Location: Manchester, UK
MAG was established in 1989, in response to the damage caused by landmines and UXO seen first-hand by the ex-British army engineer who first set-up MAG with his brother.
The initial aim of MAG’s work was to raise awareness of landmines and UXO and the danger they posed to civilians. Since MAG conception it has worked throughout affected countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Vietnam, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and the DRC.
Now MAG have four main areas of work: Landmine and UXO Clearance, Risk Education, Arms Management and Destruction (particularly munitions), and Emergency Response.
They provide Mine Risk Education to those communities that are at risk, particularly those returning home after war or displaced peoples.
MAG were also part of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Now, they currently provide training on landmines to local communities and employ local people to train for demining. They are generally quickly on the ground post-conflicts to begin demining, educate and train.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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