Mine contamination in Serbia stems from the 1990s, with initial mine and cluster munition contamination estimated at approximately 6.5 million square meters. Currently, there are still areas totalling 2 million square meters considered to be mine contaminated and 3 million square meters contaminated with cluster munitions remnants. Demining of minefields in Srem District (border area with Croatia), in the area of over 5.9 milion square meters, was completed in the period 2003-2009 on 44 project locations, removing 5,139 items of various types of mines and unexploded ordnance.
In late 2009, the Serbian Mine Action Centre obtained knowledge that there are mine suspected areas in the Municipalities of Bujanovac and Preševo, containing various types of mines (groups of mines). After the survey of these areas, 10 locations were confirmed as mine hazardous areas in the extent of 3.5 million square meters. The activities in these areas are ongoing, with currently 2.3 million square meters of mine suspected/contaminated areas remaining to be technically treated.
What we do
Clearance of landmines and ERW
In 2017, ITF successfully implemented a project clearing 177,210 square meters of land contaminated with cluster munitions in Sjenica, and 275,800 square meters of technical survey in Bujanovac. Overall, 452,920 square meters of land was released in 2017 (2 project locations – Sjenica-Airport and Bujanovac-Uški potok, 3 mines, 76 cluster munitions, 2 UXO)..
ITF is assisting Serbian Mine Action Centre through the enhancement of their capacities. This includes provision of GPS devices, and office equipment purchases, that will allow employees to implement their everyday tasks on the field, and prepare detailed projects for demining and cluster munitions clearance in the future.
For more information on ITF’s past activities in Serbia, we welcome you to consult our Annual Reports.