UNMAS in Libya currently operates from outside the border in Tunisia due to the insecurity in Libya since 2014. They have maintained their presence in Libya but their work has had to be somewhat limited.
They have maintained their relationship with EOD, CIED and demining actors within the country in order to provide advice and assistance where they can.
Prior to 2014 UNMAS had generally supported demining activities in Libya alongside LibMAC, but since the escalation of violence in Libya this has been extended to CIED.
UNMAS’s work has been concentrated upon three main areas:
- Risk education
- Technical advice
Though the Risk education engages with IED risks the area most related to CIED has been the technical advice which has particularly aided Libyan actors in improving their capabilities in regard to IEDs, including training and arms and ammunition management.
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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