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14 Dec

A Workshop on Accreditation, Monitoring and Contracting Mine Action Organizations was held from 7th to 10th December 2015 in Zagreb. The workshop was organized by CROMAC, GICHD and HCR-CTRO. The participants came from Arabic-speaking national mine action programmes, namely from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Mauritania, Somalia and Sudan. A four-day programme and exchange of experience ended with a certificate awarding ceremony.

07 Dec

From 30th November to 4th December 2015, the 14th meeting of the states parties to the Ottawa Convention.was held at the UN in Geneva.
Among many topics, there was a discussion on technological innovations to help mine action, during which developments of the R&D Project TIRAMISU, funded by the European Union, were presented.
The project was also presented at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), where suggestions for further development of the tools and R&D activities were considered in view of contributing to humanitarian demining operations.
After the project presentations, a TIRAMISU Project Management Board Meeting was held, on which project results, further activities and financial costs were discussed.

23 Nov

Dear mine action colleagues and friends,

Government Office for Mine Action, Croatian Mine Action Centre and HCR-CTRO d.o.o. have the pleasure to invite you to the 13th International Symposium and Equipment Exhibition Mine Action 2016, which will be organized under the high patronage of the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. The purpose of this Symposium is to provide an overview of the latest scientific and practical achievements, to identify challenges and offer sustainable solutions in mine action.

For the first time, the Symposium will have a partner-country, and it will be the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which will be represented by His Royal Highness, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, by NCDR Director Mr. Mohammad Breikat and by MRE/VA Department Head, Mr. Adnan Telfah.

The Symposium will focus on the following subjects:
- ERW contamination problems - International experience
- Mine action technology and equipment - current situation and future perspectives
- Mine risk education and victim assistance
- Risks and safety in demining operations
- Collaboration and transfer of knowledge among MACs

As part of the Symposium, 14th IARP Workshop on Humanitarian Demining, C-IED, CBRNE threats and Risky Interventions will be held.

02 Nov

From 18th to 29th October 2015, HCR-CTRO conducted the second stage of the project “Mine Action – Education of Syrian Refugees in Refugee Camps“, financed by the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs from the development assistance programme. The training was conducted in cooperation with the Jordanian Nacional Centre for Demining and Rehabilitation (NCDR) in the town of Mafraq, for forty trainees from the refugee camp in that town in Jordan. It was a train-the-trainer course on mine risk education (MRE). The trainees are now qualified to transfer the mine risk awareness messages and knowledge to the Syrian population upon their return to Syria. In the second stage of the project, as in the first one, there were 40 trainees in two groups of 20.

30 Oct

From 22nd to 28th October, at the Cerovac test site, HCR-CTRO conducted testing and certification of a new demining machine, Tornado GX 500, owned by Tornado razminiranje j.d.o.o.o. The machine was made from the forest machine Galotrax 500. It has a tiller as a working tool and it is operated from the cab. The machine is classified as a heavy machine. After certification, the machine is ready to be used on a demining project.

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