Mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination in the Republic of Azerbaijan is the consequence of the 1988–1994 armed conflict with Armenia—which saw landmines laid by both sides—and ammunition abandoned by the Soviet army in 1991.
Altogether 970 Suspected Hazard Areas were identified as directly impacting the safety and livelihoods of an estimated 514,000 people. Despite ongoing clearance efforts, significant contamination remains in and around warehouses at the former Soviet ammunition storage areas.
What we do
In January 2010, ITF initiated a two and a half year pilot project that enables mine victims and their families as a vulnerable and marginalized group to earn their livelihoods, improve their standard of living, and become participatory members of their communities. Direct assistance has been provided to over 200 mine victims in Azerbaijan who improved their small business skills.
ITF has been supporting Azerbaijan Mine Action program since 2002, through the establishment of national structure for demining activities, providing mine detection dogs (MDDs), establishment of Emergency response group and providing trainings for deminers.
For more information on ITF’s past activities in Azerbaijan, we welcome you to consult our Annual Reports.