The Development Initiative

Clearing the way for Business and People

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There are over 110 million laid and active anti-personnel and anti-tank mines and millions of tonnes of unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war globally. Explosive devices pose a daily threat to civilian safety and are a barrier to a country’s regenerative future, impeding economic development.

TDI provides a wide range of mine action services to release cleared land back to local communities in theatres affected by conflict.  These services include:

  • Non-Technical Survey is the gathering and analysing of critical information on potentially hazardous areas prior to the start of clearance operations.
  • Technical Survey follows non-technical survey, and entails physically evaluating a hazardous area using manual or mechanical detection.
  • Manual Mine Clearance involves the detection, removal and destruction of both anti-personnel and anti-tank mines and explosive remnants of war.
  • Battle Area Clearance (BAC) is the systematic search, detection and removal of all items of ordnance and munitions from a specified area known to be free from landmines.
  • Mechanical Clearance involves the use of mechanical assets to perform vital tasks such as ground preparation, tripwire removal and verification and clearance over large areas of land.
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) is the detection, identification, evaluation, recovery and disposal of all items of explosive ordnance that have the capacity to detonate and cause injury or damage. These items range from grenades, mortars, and cluster munitions to land service ammunition.

An integral part of mine action operations is the delivery of Risk Education to affected communities to raise awareness and promote safe behaviour. Activities include the communication of safety messages to target groups, and support for community risk management.