Landmine free Falkland Islands

SafeLane Global continues to work with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the people of the Falkland Islands to clear the Islands of landmines.

Landmine free Falkland Islands

The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (also known as the Ottawa Treaty) requires the UK to clear all mined areas under its jurisdiction or control, this includes the Falklands Islands that were heavily mined during the war in 1982.

Since 2009, SafeLane Global has worked with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the people of the Falkland Islands to clear the Islands in strategic phases.

By 2020, SafeLane Global will have cleared all explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the Falkland Islands, and positively transformed the Islands’ communities, and the lives of those living and working within them.

Project summary:

SafeLane Global was appointed as the land release contractor (LRC) by the UK FCO for a series of separate demining phases in the Falkland Islands in 2009. 

The scope of work required the LRC to remove all mines that were listed in the Argentine Minefield Reports, or eliminate the mine with evidence to support the cancellation.

The clearance standards set require thorough reviews of all minefield records and detailed ground studies. 

Huge care is required to remove each mine by hand – or when necessary conduct demolition in situ.  

The major consideration for delivering this project is logistics; the Falkland Islands are 8,000 miles from the UK and the Islands are served with  very limited air and sea support.

The clearance phases began operationally in December 2009, and are expected to conclude by March 2020.

On an ongoing basis the demining operation is delivering enormous benefit to the Falkland Islands as land is rendered safe once more.

Latest figures available indicate that over 7,000,000m2 of land has been made safe, circa 5,000 mines have been cleared and successfully disposed of, and thousands of additional items of unexploded ordnance have been carefully removed.

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