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Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA)

The Organization of American States created in 1992 a Program for Assistance to Demining in Central America (PADCA) as a response to requests from Central American countries affected by antipersonnel mines such as, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala.  Since then, the Program evolved within its eminently humanitarian vision of reestablishing safe, secure, and productive living conditions for mine-affected populations.  Within six years and considering the negative mine impact upon development, human rights, gender equality, and the needs of children and adolescents, PADCA expanded into a program for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA for its initials in Spanish) with greater capabilities.

            A distinctive aspect of the AICMA Program is its eminently humanitarian nature, seeking to reestablish safe and secure living conditions for mine-affected populations, reduce the risk and dangers of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and antipersonnel mines, and return previously mined land to productive use. Additionally, the Program is multilateral in nature in that, in addition to beneficiary countries, a number of donor and contributing countries, international organizations, and non-governmental entities participate in this effort.

            The program for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA) is available to all OAS Member States.  Its Director works out of OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. through Regional Coordinators in Managua and Bogota.  Currently, AICMA assists national demining plans in Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru designed to fulfill their national and international obligations.

            AICMA carries out Mine Action in:

·     Mine Risk Education for mine affected communities

·    Technical Assistance in humanitarian demining, including locating and mapping sites

·    Destruction of Stockpiled Mines

·     Victim Assistance  including physical and psychological rehabilitation as well as socioeconomic reintegration of cleared lands or communities

·    Development of Mine Action database

·    Destruction of munitions, small arms and explosive remnants of war (ERW)

·    Support for the Ban on Antipersonnel Mines

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Currently, we are working on different projects of Humanitarian Mine Action. These projects are in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua and other central American countries.


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