The Government of Japan Provides Grant Assistance for the Project for the Clearance of Landmines/UXOs along the Thai – Cambodia border through the Land Release Method
February 16, 2015
The government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 11,956,100baht for a Project for the Clearance of Landmines/UXOs along the Thai – Cambodia border through the Land Release Method. On 16th February, 2015, H.E. Mr. Shigekazu SATO, Ambassador of Japan, and Mr. Preecha Tulyasuwan, Director of the Peace Road Organization Foundation (PRO), jointly signed the grant contract for the project at the Embassy of Japan.
Nam Yuen district, Ubon Ratchathani Province, which has a population of 65,000, lies along the border between Thailand and Cambodia. Currently approximately 385.2km2, half of the district’s area is still suspected to be “contaminated” meaning that thousands of the Landmines/Unexploded ordnance (UXOs) may be left under the ground. Therefore, local people face a significant risk of injury or death on a daily basis. In addition, such a risk limits the development of their main industries (agriculture and tourism), inhibiting economic growth, and as a result, the local communities are left unstable and vulnerable.
The Peace Road Organization Foundation (PRO) was established to continue the work of the Japan Alliance for Humanitarian Demining Support (JAHDS) which operated in Thailand from 2002 until its dissolution in 2006. PRO took over JAHDS’ human resources, technology and equipment, and has been conducting surveys and investigations to secure local people’s safety, in accordance with international standards (the Land Release Method), under the supervision of the Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC). Consequently, PRO has built up considerable experience and expertise. However, on the other hand, reliability, accuracy and efficiency are decreasing, because of decrepit equipment and facilities, and this is becoming an urgent issue. Working with landmines is extremely dangerous. Therefore, the highest priority should be given to security and safety.
Antipersonnel Landmines inflict damage indiscriminately, daily threatening the security of the people living in the area. In order to deal with this critical humanitarian situation, the Japanese government considers that this project will contribute to securing personal safety, the recovery of local industry, and sustainable and stable economic growth. Therefore, given the urgency of this project, as well as its benefit to the local community, it was decided to provide support for the operating costs of the land releasing operation and the purchase of equipment.
The Government of Japan intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to human security through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
For more information about GGP, please contact:
- Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, Economic Division, Embassy of Japan
- 177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
- Telephone: 02-207-8500 / 02-696-3000
- Facsimile: 02-207-8517