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Abstract

The Sdok Kok Thom Project in Thailand was an ideal project in order for the Japan Alliance for Humanitarian Demining Support (JAHDS) to create a mine clearance capability. The project site was compact, easily accessible and the vegetation varied from sparse to very dense, which made it possible to create a progressive training scheme of increasing complexity. This allowed the mine clearers to progress in steps towards the most difficult and challenging stages. One of the main points of the project was to incorporate a high degree of integrated demining, i.e., demining using the three major tools in the mine clearer's toolbag: manual clearers, machines and mine detection dogs. This was only possible due to the generosity and cooperation of the Thailand Mine Action Centre (TMAC) and specifically their Thai Military Humanitarian Mine Action Unit 1 (HMAU1), based not far from Sdok Kok Thom in Aranyaprathet, which allowed JAHDS to use some of their mechanical equipment and also their dog teams. The project was completed and the site was handed back to the Sa Keo province on January 23, 2004.

 

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