In the course of the Libyan revolution in 2011, the Gaddafi regime lost control over large parts of its conventional weapons arsenal. As a result, weapons storage sites were accessible to opposition fighters, civilians and soldiers alike. Since the end of the fighting, central control over the weapons arsenal has not been re-established and the spread and trafficking of arms affects the conflict and security situation not only in Libya but also in neighbouring regions. In addition, conventional weapons found their way into civilian homes, leading to widespread private possession of conventional weapons within Libyan society. Moreover, explosive remnants of war (ERW) contaminate areas surrounding weapons and ammunition storage areas, farmland and public spaces.
There is still an urgent and constant need for more enhanced and central control of conventional weapons and ammunition throughout Libya. In order to provide this control effectively, Libyan government institutions have identified a need for knowledge transfer, enhanced equipment and technical capacities.
What we do
ITF officially started with the implementation of the capacity building project in Libya in January 2014, with the project providing Capacity Support of Libyan Center for Mine Action and Remnants of War (LibMAC) in Securing and Eliminating Conventional Weapons in Libya. During 2015 and 2016, the main focus was given on training of Lib MAC personnel and to risk education (RE) activities.
The project focused on the establishing additional capacitities of LibMAC personell (operations section), while giving major importance to the risk education sector. LibMAC Risk education section finished several successful risk education campaigns in Sirte during January, February, March and August 2017. During 2017 Lib MAC OPS Section opened 52 tasks mostly for non – technical survey activities performed by local NGOs, Military Engineers and Police in Sirt and Benghazi, where Lib MAC personnel conducted 33 QA/QC missions.
On behalf of the donor, ITF regularly executed salary payments for 22 Lib MAC employees in period January – December 2017 despite cash insolvency in Libya. In same period, ITF was covering all costs related with Lib MAC daily functioning.
For more information on ITF’s past activities in Libya, we welcome you to consult our Annual Reports.