According to data provided by the Croatian Mine Action Centre a total area of 476.2 square kilometres of land is suspected to be contaminated by anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, cluster munitions remnants and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Today there are still mine suspected areas in 75 cities and municipalities throughout 10 counties in Croatia.
The Croatian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has identified approximately 3,000 tons of unstable surplus weapons and munitions that are yet to be destroyed. Ammunition surplus represents physical and environmental hazard once it deteriorates. The Croatian MoD has limited capacities for the implementation of safe disposal of obsolete/unstable munitions in its inventory.
What we do
Clearance of landmines and ERW
Present in Croatia since 1999, ITF supports clearance of landmines and ERW through basic components of Croatian mine action program. ITF has so far cleared 32,116,016 square meters of mine suspected areas, destroying 6,505 mines and 2,398 UXOs. The last demining/technical survey project in Croatia was conducted in 2016, when 50,000 square meters were cleared.
Physical Security and Stockpile Management
Physical Security and Stockpile management (PSSM) in Croatia underwent a system upgrade process, aimed at improving conventional weapons and munitions stockpile security and management, which are operated by the Croatian MOD. This included mostly surveillance equipment and other required procedures enhancing the security and safety of stockpiling.
Destruction of Surplus Weapons and Ammunition
The current project of Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) was continued in 2016, with the coordination of Croatian MOD. It is anticipated that 12,704 pieces of surplus and unstable weapons will be demilitarized by the end of the CWD contract, with 1020.15 tons and 112,623 pieces of excess ammunition already demilitarized and destroyed so far.
For more information on ITF’s past activities in Croatia, we welcome you to consult our Annual Reports.