FSD was created in 1997. Since its inception, it has implemented mine clearance projects across the globe, including in countries such as Sudan, CAR, Afghanistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Ukraine.
FSD’s focus is on locating and destroying landmines and UXO to prevent harm occurring to civilian populations, and stem the many consequences these dangers can pose, not only physically but also the social, economic and environmental impacts of landmines and unexploded ordnance. Therefore FSD hopes to thus create the favourable conditions needed for reconstruction and development in war-torn countries.
When working to tackle landmines and other ERW, FSD seeks to develop activities either by developing its own programmes with support from donors or by undertaking mine action contracts for the UN or other bodies.
Their work includes search and destroy methods, as well as education, awareness and training. Alongside these country efforts, FSD engages in advocacy, campaigning against the use of landmines.
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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