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					                                                                     MAG Sri Lanka
                                                                   Programme Update
                                                                      May 2009




MAG Community Liaison Officer Arun undertaking mine action survey in Mannar District, northern Sri Lanka, May 2009


    Reporting Period:         01 - 31 May 2009

    Activities & Outputs Summary:

    •    Ongoing operations in support of IDP returns in northern Sri Lanka and clearance
         in support of sustainable livelihoods in the east
    •    General Mine Action Assessment (GMAA) undertaken in 8 villages in Mannar
         District, in support of the planned return of 136 families displaced by conflict
    •    Over 6km² released for returns through this GMAA process alone
    •    Technical survey of 8,150m² in Mannar using mechanical assets following
         transportation of a Bozena-4 flail from the east to the north early in the month
    •    1 Anti-tank mine, 5 anti-personnel mines and 5 unexploded ordnance (UXO)
         uncovered in Mannar
    •    Search and clearance of a total of 12,093m² of land through a combination of manual
         and mechanical techniques in Batticaloa District, with the removal of 12 anti-personnel
         mines and 2 items of UXO

    Impact Summary:

    The focus during the reporting period was increased GMAA and technical survey in northern
    Sri Lanka, in support of IDP returns planned in the region. Following the formal end to the
    conflict in the country in late May, the focus is clearly now on enabling returns to take place
    as quickly as possible through an effective process of land release through survey and
    clearance. Clearance teams continued to be deployed in the eastern district of Batticaloa,
    thereby contributing to the post-conflict development of the region, supporting the peace-
    building process and encouraging economic regeneration through access to land for
    sustainable livelihoods.
    MAG Sri Lanka Programme Monthly Update – May 2009
ACTIVITIES

Northern Sri Lanka

Following the formal end to the conflict in Sri Lanka in late May, over 285,000 IDPs from
across the north are currently accommodated in camps, primarily in Vavuniya District
(UNOCHA). The Government of Sri Lanka has stated that it plans to resettle 80% of the
IDPs to their home areas by the end of 2009. The Government and UNHCR have stated
that mine action survey and clearance is a prerequisite of this returns process.

MAG is currently working in support of this initiative by undertaking survey and clearance in
support of return of IDPs to Mannar District. General Mine Action Assessment (GMAA) was
undertaken in 8 villages in Mannar District during May in support of the planned return of
136 families displaced by conflict. Over 6km² was released over the course of the month for
returns through this GMAA process alone.

Following the approval of the Embassy of Japan, who fund the mechanical unit component
of the programme, one of the Bozena-4 machines was transported from Batticaloa to
Mannar early in May. The machine is now forming a vital part of MAG’s technical survey
capacity in the north. MAG plans to expand this mechanical capacity to meet increasing
needs for technical survey over the coming months.

Activities are being coordinated with a range of stakeholders, including the Government of
Sri Lanka, UN agencies, and other local and international organisations. MAG is now
actively seeking funding to expand capacity and deployment in the north for
emergency mine action survey and clearance

Eastern Sri Lanka

All operational activities in the east continued to be undertaken from the base in Batticaloa.
During May, the teams continued working on a large task area in Kajuwatta North, in the
north of Batticaloa District.

The Japanese Government continued to support the programme by funding the mechanical
clearance component. One Bozena-B4 mechanical flail was deployed in an integrated
fashion with the manual clearance team undertaking ground preparation and verification of
low risk areas within clearance tasks throughout May, the other flail having been moved to
Mannar early in the month. During this period the Bozena team completed 8,940m2. A total
of 12 anti-personnel mines and 2 items of UXO were cleared by the manual and mechanical
teams in Batticaloa District.



MAG would like to express its gratitude and sincere thanks to the following donors who
supported the Sri Lanka programme during the reporting period:

 •    Actiefonds Mijnen Ruimen (AMR)                 •   Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable
 •    Embassy of Japan, Colombo                          Trust
 •    Stichting Vluchteling                          •   Rowan Trust
 •    Hurvis Foundation

     For more information on this or any of MAG’s programmes across the world please visit
                             www.maginternational.org, or contact:

Matt Thomas (Regional Desk Officer)                 e-mail: Matt.Thomas@maginternational.org
MAG, 68 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3NJ, UK    Tel: +44 161 236 4311 Fax: +44 161 236 6244




MAG Sri Lanka Programme Monthly Update – May 2009

				
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