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minursoLocation: Western Sahara

Type: International


As part of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has been engaged in Western Sahara. The efforts have led to the destruction of thousands of mines and ERW and released over 50 million m2 of land. They have also provided mine risk education to local, nomadic and refugee populations in the region to ensure their safety. This education has been provided to more than 30,000 people.[i]

The funding for the UNMAS operations in Western Sahara primarily comes from the UN Assessed Budget, which allows surveys, clearance activities and capacity development to take place.[ii]

[i] UNMAS, ‘Western Sahaara (MINURSO)’, last updated September 2016,

[ii] UNMAS, ‘Western Sahaara (MINURSO)’, last updated September 2016,

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.