With its conclusion in July 2000 and certification a month later, the level one landmine survey in Yemen has provided the Yemeni authorities with a wealth of reliable information from which to plan and prioritize activities. For many people this means planning for mine clearance, but the utility of the level one data goes far beyond clearance. It also provides a foundation for all aspects of mine action, including mine awareness. Yemen is the first country to successfully complete the new level one format in cooperation with the U.N. Mine Action Service (UNMAS), U.N. Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and with the Survey Action Center (SAC) and its implementing partner, the Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA). The format combines the traditional "mine find" associated with level one surveys performed in the past, along with detailed socioeconomic and victim data that puts those suspected areas into context. The survey provides national authorities with the necessary information required to develop content and plan the execution of mine awareness programs throughout Yemen.



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