Risk awareness/safer behaviour relating to mines/ERW

Since July 2015, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society of Ukraine, supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross, has been implementing a project to reduce the risk from landmines and explosive remnants of war.

The main objective of the project is to raise awareness of vulnerable populations about the problem of landmines and explosive remnants of war. Efforts focus on informing residents of settlements in the conflict zone, as well as internally displaced persons.

The most effective tool for communicating knowledge is working with local communities who are willing to spread the knowledge about risk and about safe behaviour. These mostly are the local school teachers, employees of the Red Cross Society of Ukraine, volunteers of various humanitarian organizations, employees of State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

For 6 months of 2015, 10 awareness sessions were held in Donetsk region, including Slaviansk, Dimitrov, Dobropillya, Mariupol, Kurakhovo and Avdiyivka.

Data on incidents with mines and ordnance which remained unexploded or were abandoned are collected on a regular basis. This allows to focus on the priority areas and to change the information used in the classroom.