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ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center Regional Workshop 2018

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Session 10. Research and Development in Mine Action

General Information

Date:14 November 2018
Duration:1 hour and 15 minutes


Research and development are instrumental to improve efficiency and effectiveness of mine action operation. The most visible evidence is the technologies used throughout the process of releasing mine/ERW contaminated land for productive use. Research has also contributed substantially to the development of advanced medical-related equipment including surgical equipment and prosthetic leading to the saving of the victim during emergency response and assist the victim effectively in their physical rehabilitation.

But there is also increasing interest to include more social sciences and humanities perspective into mine action. Social sciences research allows identifications of constraining factors and new approaches to tackle victim’s psychological related issues to better help them in their social reintegration; to enhance the allocation of scarce resources for mine risk education to target the affected community effectively. And also to understand better community structure and needs, and ensure the inclusion of gender, children, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in different pillars of mine action.

This panel will discuss the research and development in two main perspectives:

  1. Viable technologies (MAG, Apopo, Golden West, NPMEC)
  2. Social science and humanities (CKS, UBB, RSIS)


This session aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Discuss the research and development in viable technologies
  2. Discuss the research programmes on mine action from social sciences and humanities perspective

The discussion should include best practices, challenges and recommendations to overcome such challenges. Challenges and recommendations should be addressed from individual angle (organisation or country of panelist) and collective angle (ASEAN).

Format of the Session

The Co-Chairs are assigned to lead the discussion of the panel and each speaker is given seven to ten minutes of presentation time. Each panelist can talk about the context of one country or many countries in ASEAN. The presentation may be done in PowerPoint, pdf, or any other relevant format.

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