Attending the meeting were Mr. Tran Trung Hoa, General Director of VNMAC, Mr. Cho Han-Deog, Director of KOICA Vietnam, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, Chief Representative of UNDP in Vietnam, and representatives of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, with representatives of the project from the two provinces Quang Binh, Binh Dinh and related units.
The project "Vietnam - Korea Cooperation in to Recover from the Consequences of Bombs and Post-War" is funded by the Korean Government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) under the coordination of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the two provinces of Quang Binh and Binh Dinh, with an estimated budget of 20 million USD, aimed at overcoming the consequences of bombs, mines and unexploded ordnance left over from the war.
As of June 2020, the project's components have completed the set plan. In which, the remarkable result is that the project has surveyed more than 16,880ha, and cleared area is over 5,194 ha. Specifically, in 2018 the project focused on surveying with 21 teams, in 2019: 21 surveying teams, 64 clearance teams, by 2020: technical survey activities was completed in April 2020 and transferred clearance teams to a totalling of 85 teams.
The project also applied the setting of priorities in the selection of the survey sites, as a premise for clearance of polluted areas on higher priority land development for the general benefit of the community. The quality of field survey and clearance teams is constantly improving through specialist training sessions on procedures, the use of survey facilities, clearance, and quality management.
In addition, thousands of people in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces have access to information on mine risk prevention education. The project has also piloted support for 2 mine / UXO survivors in Quang Binh with electric hand installation and completed the needs assessment and installation in 2020. 6,000 mine / UXO survivors and families are donated. essential items that contribute to overcoming the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, the project also conducts a needs assessment to identify 220 mine / UXO survivors who will receive rehabilitation equipment assistance. The mapping of support services for people with disabilities and mine / UXO survivors is the basis for the development of interventions to support people with disabilities and mine / UXO survivors, improving the quality of support services in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh.
At the end of the meeting, representatives of VNMAC, KOICA and UNDP Viet Nam highly appreciated the importance of the Vietnam - Korea Project to cooperate in overcoming the consequences of bombs and mines post-war and agreed to continue to accelerate the implementation of the present project components in the coming time. At the same time the project will be increasing the number of clearance teams in the two provinces to speed up clearance progress and handing over cleared land for the two provinces of Quang Binh and Binh Dinh to develop the local socio-economic situation.
The Vietnam - Korea cooperation project to overcome the consequences of bombs and mines after the war in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces will be extended for another year and will end at the end of 2021.