About UXO LAO
We are the national agency responsible for unexploded ordnance
(UXO) clearance and education in the Lao PDR. Established by
Prime Minister’s decree in 1996, we now employ over 1000 deminers, surveryors, community awareness staff and
trainers in the 9 provinces where we work.
We deliver benefits to many hundreds of communities: the risk-removal benefits
of clearance, risk-reduction benefits of education, and importantly, contributing to
development and income-generation benefits.
Our teams clear land for development: land then used for laying clean water
pipes, installing irrigation systems, putting in sanitation facilities, extending school-yards,
hospitals, and markets; as well as clearing land for agriculture: rice
production and cash-crops such as coffee, oranges and other fruit.
We use an integrated work-planning process to plan, manage and evaluate
all our clearance, survey and education activities. This process incorporates
extensive consultation with communities to help determine where clearance
priorities will deliver the most benefits.
We co-ordinate with a range of development agencies, responding to their
requests to assist with a range of social and economic development projects. We continue
to work within our mandate of humanitarian clearance, leaving commercial clearance
to other providers in the country.
We work with our international implementing partners: Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Gerbera, Handicap International ( Belgium ), Norwegian People’s Aid and Belgian Military Advisors. UNDP, UNICEF and UNV also provide support to the programme.
UXO LAO will be training staff, surveying
affected areas, educating communities and clearing bombs for decades.
Reducing UXO risk in the Lao PDR is a long-term undertaking and one that
requires continued international support.
To contact us:
National Programme Director
P.O. Box 345
Vientiane , LAO PDR
Tel: (856-21) 414896
Fax: (856-21) 415766
E-mail: [email protected]
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