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Project ID:00120226Description:Urgent Action on Ammunition De
Fund:
W. Balkans SALW Control MPTF
Start Date *: 20 Feb 2020
Theme:
W. Balkans SALW Control MPTF
End Date*: 31 May 2021
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).
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Urgent Action on Ammunition Destruction – Project EXPLODE+, implemented by UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), is designed as a multifunctional project platform whose objective is to assist the Ministry of Defence (MoD)/Armed Forces (AF) of BiH in the reduction of ammunition stockpiles to a manageable level, creating the preconditions for the establishment of a sustainable ammunition stockpile management system in BiH. The Project is also contributing to increased safety and security within the local communities residing in the vicinity of the ammunition storage facilities, enabling safer development opportunities.

The Project's work is directed by the Ammunition Weapons and Explosive Master Plan as the main strategic MoD BiH framework that guides large-scale national efforts and comprehensive international community involvement in this domain in BiH. The latest official data of the MoD BiH shows that the AF BiH are currently managing up to 12,150 tonnes of ammunition stockpiles in total. Considering that AF BiH require 7,500 tonnes of ammunition to be fully operational, there is 4,650 tonnes of surplus ammunition. Out of the surplus quantity, 25-30% is considered unsafe for further storage, while the inspections conducted until the end of October 2018 confirmed that most of the stock is over 35 years old.

This phase of the Project supported through the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap MPTF will specifically support the MoD BiH in the destruction of 91 tons of unsafe ammunition (69,000 pieces of 23mm ammunition, 3,200 pieces of rocket propelled grenade M80 – 64mm “Zolja” and 1,000 rocket propelled grenade RPG) in a controlled industrial disassembly environment, enabling highest environmental protection.

The project seeks to achieve one key result:

1. Sustained reduction of unsafe ammunition complex systems enabling higher safety and security for storage facilities and local communities nearby

The project is contributing to Goals 4 ,5, 7 and key performance indicators 10, 12, 14 of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons and their ammunition in the Western Balkans.

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