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Speaking of the mine problem and mine action in the Republic of Croatia, we are now proud to say that the huge progress has been made in terms of dealing with the mine problem the Republic of Croatia was faced with during the Homeland War and especially, in the post-war period.
The Republic of Croatia is now a mine-safe country in the sense of safety of the traffic infrastructure, tourist destinations, areas of reconstruction, house yards and areas around the facilities of different social purpose.
The Government of the Republic of Croatia has recognized the mine problem from the very beginning as a safety, economic and ecological problem and confirmed it through the key aspects of mine action, primarily by ensuring stable funding sources: State Budget, World Bank loans, funds secured by the Croatian public companies, EU funds as well as good and transparent relations with the international but also domestic donor community.
From the establishment in 1998, the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) has been developing its own model based on the guidelines recognized by the international mine action community as well as the use of most modern demining techniques and technologies. According to some world experts, our mine action system is considered one of the best in the world.
We have developed the Mine Information System (MIS) adjusted to complex humanitarian demining procedures and implementation of public procurement, supervision and quality control processes. Our web-application MISportal now works in its full capacity and provides clear and precise insight into the current status of mine suspected area and marking situation. The application is available at: https://misportal.hcr.hr.
Thanks to demining operations conducted by demining companies, general and technical survey operations, suspected hazardous area (SHA) has been reduced from the initially estimated 13.000 m2 to currently precisely defined to 613,6 km2 (on January 1th, 2014).
The suspected hazardous area (SHA) is marked with 12.868 mine warning signs.
Today, 91 towns and municipalities suffer the consequences of mine contamination. These are mostly forests which participate with 67% in the total structure of SHA. Agricultural areas participate with 19% and underbrush and karst with 14%.
The National Mine Action Strategy 2009-2019 defines the prerequisites for the solution of mine problem including the capacities and funds needed.
The important task in the forthcoming period is the continuation of co-ordination of mine risk education (MRE) and mine victim assistance (MVA) activities that CROMAC has been conducting with numerous organizations and associations. Due to the quality selection of priority projects and constant mine risk education activities, we have succeeded in reducing the number of mine victims each year. We would like to point out here that the last mine incident involving children happened in 2004.
The Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) is the founder of the Centre for Testing, Development and Training, Croatia without Mines-Trust Fund for Humanitarian Demining of Croatia and co-founder of the Cluster for Humanitarian Demining Operations Abroad. The Cluster consists of highly-specialized Croatian companies for the manufacture of demining machines and equipment. CROMAC is also the co-founder of the South Eastern Europe Mine Action Coordination Council (SEEMACC).
Many agreements have been signed with ten countries or so. It is our intention to share our experience and provide expert assistant to the countries facing the mine problem. In the years ahead of us, we plan to continue reducing the suspected hazardous area (SHA), warning the population about the existing mine danger, maintaining the marking of suspected hazardous areas and implementing the control mechanisms on the demining worksites.
It is our goal to become a stable and an efficient partner within the global mine action community and to build our experience gained and lessons learned into solving the global mine problem.