Mr Andrej Golob
T: +386 1 479 65 95
According to data provided by the Croatian Mine Action Center (CROMAC) a total area of 478. 90 sq. kilometers of land, mainly along the former confrontation lines, is considered to be mine suspected contaminated by anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, cluster munitions remnants and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Today there are still mine suspected areas in 75 cities and municipalities throughout 10 counties in Croatia. The distribution of mine suspected areas (MSA) is as follows: forests – 86,4 %, arable land – 13,3 % and other categories of soil – 0,3 %. Approximately 479 sq. kilometers of MSA are identified with 12,453 mine/UXO danger signs.
Ammunition surplus represents physical and environmental hazard once it deteriorates. Ensuring safe storage of ammunition and the destruction of unstable surpluses promises positive effects for general public safety, economic development and reduces the illicit transfer of arms and munitions. The Croatian Ministry of Defense (MOD) has identified approximately 3,000 tons of unstable surplus weapons and munitions that are yet to be destroyed. The Croatian MoD has limited capacities for the implementation of safe disposal of obsolete/unstable munitions in its inventory.
What we do
Since 1999, ITF has been present in Croatia by supporting demining and technical survey operations, structure support and training programmes as well as mine victims assistance projects. The four basic components of Croatian mine action program are: (i) promotion of the campaign to ban the land mines, (ii) mine awareness training, (iii) minefield survey, marking, fencing and mine clearance and (iv) mine victims assistance.
Since 1999, ITF cleared 32,116,016 sq. meters of mine suspected areas in Croatia (demined 25,854,902 sq. meters and surveyed 6,261,114 sq. meters of mine suspected areas). During clearing operations, 6,505 mines and 2,398 UXO were found and destroyed.
As the PMR system is well developed, ITF is focusing on projects which provide to mine victims psychological assistance, social reintegration, professional and economic rehabilitation. In order to ensure the ultimate goal, no more mine/UXO casualties, ITF has been supporting MRE (mine risk education) projects focusing specially on children and youth. Projects in the past showed that children are most effective way in forwarding the awareness information to adults in their community.
By 30 April 2016 all items delivered by the MoD of the Republic of Croatia under the contract for the disposal of conventional ammunition in the Republic of Croatia have been successfully demilitarized and destroyed – in total, 1020,15 tons/112,623 pieces of excess ammunition.