Mines Advisory Group’s Iraq Report, August 2010

MAG (pronounced "Mag") – Mines Advisory Group – is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.

Summary of outputs:

• MAG teams released 303,874 m2 of land through a combination of electronic, hand mechanical, MDD clearance and area reduction

• MAG teams removed and destroyed 206 hazardous items

• CWD response teams completed 235 tasks to safely remove and destroy 10,410 Conventional Weapons (CW)

• MAG and national partner NGO's CL teams conducted 128 Mine Risk Education (MRE) sessions targeting 1,268 beneficiaries and 11 Small Arms and Light Weapons Risk Education (SALWRE) session targeting 537 individuals

In August, MAG Iraq handed over five cleared lands in Kirkuk governorate to the local communities and the landowners. Handover ceremonies were held in Qarahanjir sub-district in coordination with the General Directorate of Mine Affairs (GDMA) and the attendance of the mayor of Qarahanjir.

MAG Iraq Mine Action Teams (MAT) completed clearance operations in four prioritized clearance tasks in Dohuk, Sulimaniyah and Kirkuk governorates directly benefiting more than 900 individuals and supporting village rehabilitation, agricultural and socio-economic development in the region.

Coordination meetings were held with both regional Mine Action authorities, the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA) and the General Directorate of Mine Affairs (GDMA). Activities, plans and priorities were the main points of the meetings agenda. Arrangements for handing over of the cleared lands to the local communities were also discussed during the meetings.

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