In the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, the forces conducted a survey of 4,794 hectares in total. Of the 1,360 hectares in Quang Binh province, the troops identified 1,245 hectares of polluted area, collected and handled 1,129 explosive objects of all kinds; in Binh Dinh province, the total area was 3,435 hectares, identified polluted area was 1,404 hectares, collected and handled 639 explosive items of all kinds ...
Vietnam still has over 6.1 million hectares of land (accounting for about 18.71% of its territory) contaminated with mines and UXO that survived the war. The clearance of mines and UXO requires large funding, time commitment, and in need of the support and assistance of other countries and international organizations. The Vietnam - South Korea Cooperation project in overcoming the consequences of mines and UXO after the war has been implemented is one of the efforts, initially bringing about practical effects.
On March 8, 2017, in implementing the policy of the two governments of Vietnam and South Korea to join hands in overcoming the consequences of mines and UXO after the war in Vietnam, the Prime Minister issued Decision 303 / QD-TTg, which approved the project "Vietnam - Korea to cooperate in overcoming the consequences of bombs and mines after the war" (KOICA Project). This is the first project of the Korean Government funded by ODA (non-refundable aid) to Vietnam, to help Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces overcome the consequences of mines and UXO.
On April 3, 2017, the Ministry of Defense issued Decision 1027 / QD-BQP assigning tasks to the Vietnam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC) as the project owner to implement the Prime Minister’s order. According to the signed content, VNMAC will coordinate with the People's Committees of the two provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Binh, with the Engineering units to conduct technical surveys of about 20,000 hectares of land; to organize the clearance of 8,000 hectares of land contaminated with mines and UXO; to serve social security and socio-economic development; to provide medical and rehabilitation services for 200 victims; to provide vocational training for livelihood development for 500 victims; to support the building of Charity Houses for 50 families of completed mine / UXO survivors, especially those with difficult circumstances and capacity building to improve coordination policies, post-war mine support services. At the same time, VNMAC will be coordinating to organize propaganda and education to raise awareness about preventing mines and UXO accidents for people. In addition, the Project will support the collection of mine related information, which will serve as a basis for policy making and capacity building for mine action management.
In September 2018, the project began, and after nearly 1 year of implementation, although the construction area is wide, and the participation force is often volatile, but VNMAC and the units of military engineers had actively overcome challenges. They succeeded in completing technical surveys of thousands of hectares of land, accurately identifying polluted areas to organize clearance, cleaning, collecting and handling of tens of thousands of explosive objects of all kinds. In the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, the forces conducted a survey of 4,794 hectares; of which, 1,360 hectares in Quang Binh province, identified 1,245 hectares of polluted area, collected and treated 1,129 explosive objects of all kinds. In Binh Dinh province, there were 3,435 hectares, polluted area was 1,404 hectares, and 639 types of explosives have been collected and processed. The Propaganda and Education Component has also implemented a mine risk education program for 71 provincial, district and school officials; completed surveys on awareness, attitudes and behaviors in 11 communes, 08 schools and provided knowledge to 4,500 local people, including 1,000 women, 903 men, 1,233 girls and 1,364 children. school-age boys, as a basis for building approaches towards mine risk education, etc.