The Central Asian states, including Afghanistan, face serious issues with landmine affected borders, a great number of hazardous and improperly stored ammunition, criminal and terrorist actions as well as increase of incidents related to improvised explosive devices. This continued threat fosters various negative implications, from safety, security, humanitarian development and impacts on confidence and security building processes.
Although the region as a whole may be affected by the common problem, the extent of these risks and corresponding concerns differs from country to country that have different and in some cases limited capacities, experiences as well as resources. However, there is a clear rationale for cooperation among the states to successfully tackle the common issues.
What we do
Based on successful practice and experience in applying regional approach in South East Europe and South Caucasus, ITF has in 2009 initiated a project to address common concerns and challenges stemming from explosive hazards in Central Asia states. Until today, several regional conferences, workshops, trainings and exchange programmes were organized for relevant national stakeholders from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Mongolia. There is a great need for further facilitation of similar activities in wider Central Asia.