Jordan : Explosive remnants of war risk education delivered to 115,000 Jordanians

21 May 2012

NAMSA is pleased to announce the successful completion of a NATO Trust Fund Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Risk Education (RE) program in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Within the framework of the Second NATO Trust Fund Project in Jordan, a large ERW Risk Education program has been successfully completed by the National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation (NCDR). More than 115,000 members of the civil population across 31 at-risk communities have been informed and educated regarding the hazards from ERW.

This outstanding achievement has been made possible thanks to major contributions from Italy as Lead Nation as well as from 5 other contributing nations: Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States.

ERW continued to threaten the lives and livelihoods in a number of areas across the northern borders, the Jordan Valley and the Araba Valley as well as the areas in the Northern Governorates (Irbid, Jerash, Mafraq, Zarqa and Ajloun).

To prevent and reduce civil casualties resulting from ERW (an average of 10 to 15 per year over the last decade), there was a need to educate the population in the affected communities. The widespread extent of the hazard was confirmed through a survey undertaken to identify at risk communities as part of the First NATO Trust Fund Project in Jordan.

Under a NAMSA contract, the NCDR in Jordan was to deliver education to at least 100,000 individuals in at least 25 communities throughout 3 highly impacted at-risk Provinces. This was to include community leaders, housewives, herders, farmers, children and particularly those involved in scrap metal collecting.

Implementation started on the 1st May 2010 with staff recruitment and final training with support from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) through a Swiss in-kind contribution. The teams deployed on the 20th September 2010. At the end of December 2011, a total of 27,985 individuals had been directly and indirectly educated in 9 communities of Jerash province, 43,060 individuals in 4 communities in Zarqa province and 44,828 individuals in 18 communities in Ajloun province

In all 115,873 individuals across 31 communities, exceeding the requirements, received ERW risk education.