The Cambodian Mine Action Centre will receive $1.2 million from the United Nations Development Program for a one-year mine clearance project in three provinces in 2018.
Heng Ratana, CMAC director-general, said yesterday the governments of Canada, Australia and Switzerland, as well as UNDP, are supporting a project called Clearing for Results to remove mines in Pailin, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces.
The project will be supported by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority as well.
“With this project, CMAC plans to demine a total of 7,500,000 square metres of land,” Mr Ratana said.
CMAA and UNDP also decided to add another $750,000 to a 2017 project in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces, which will continue until June 2018.
Mr Ratana welcomed the return of the Canadian government in supporting mine clearance after it ended its support for several years.
On Tuesday, CMAC also signed to cooperate with the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, which will support CMAC’s dive unit for underwater bomb disposal for three years until 2020.