Humanitarian demining is just a small part of Humanitarian Mine Action. Click here to read a paper explaining how Humanitarian Mine Action differs from Humanitarian Demining.
Ignorance has been identified as a major cause of many demining
accidents. It is also the cause of a lot of misplaced effort
by members of the Research community.
one has all the answers - and the more experience I get, the
fewer answers I have.... But I do have a lot of photographs
and materials that I have produced for training along the way.
Some of these are reproduced here, not so much to suggest solutions as to provide the context in which you may begin to have an
accurate idea of the problems.
nothing else, they should stop anyone thinking that minefields
are golf-courses or that mine clearance is only about removing
simple pressure-operated devices. It should make most people
think twice about simple solutions - and may inspire them to
come up with new methods and processes to improve the job.
course, a lot of what I know I have learnt from others. My thanks
to all those in the industry who have helped me around the world
- especially the field deminers.
of the photographs in these presentations were taken by me,
but a few have come from other people. My thanks to them.
Two articles on this site introduce in general terms what Humanitarian Demining is, and give some background to its development as an industry.
Myths, mines and ground clearance
Humanitarian Mine Action and Humanitarian Demining
For the way that demining should be conducted, see Global SOPS.