Work history by Donor: United Nations Development Program

OASIS Support to Iraq

Country: Iraq

Status: Ongoing

Start: Jun, 2007

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Iraq Mine Action Team requested in spring 2007 that iMMAP deploy its Operational Activity Security Information System (OASIS) to Amman, Jordan, and commence development of an operational management OASIS function to enable wide data sharing and operational coordination within the Humanitarian Mine Action community in Iraq. iMMAP deployed its team of Information Management Officers in June 2007, and have completed the initial phase of this project, to include delivery of the completed initial tool to UNDP. This phase of the project continued through October 2007 ending with delivery of the OASIS Humanitarian Mine Action tool. The OASIS Mine Action tool was designed to allow non-technical users to be able to plan demining operations, receive reports on a nearly real-time basis concerning newly discovered contamination and cleared land, and readily access the extensive data resource produced by the iMMAP Landmine Impact Survey of Iraq.

The Iraq OASIS support project is an ongoing operation and has received additional funding from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and the International Emergencies and Refugee Health Branch.

THEME:

Humanitarian Informatics, Mine Action, Safety & Security, Software Development

Donors

Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
CDC International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch
United Nations Development Program

Lebanon Crisis Information Management Support

Country: Lebanon

Status: Past

Start: Jul, 2006

End: Dec, 2006

iMMAP immediately deployed information management and mapping specialists to Lebanon in response to the conflict in the south of that country during summer 2006. These technical experts assisted United Nations and non-governmental organizations struggling to distribute food and medical supplies throughout the country by creating highly advanced maps of surveyed road conditions. iMMAP experts supported the United Nations Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC) as they monitored road and infrastructure conditions and the impact of contamination by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), to ensure safe transport of food and health supplies to the large numbers of Lebanese displaced during the conflict. Operating in Lebanon throughout the conflict phase until the end of 2006, iMMAP personnel improved aid distribution by coordinating safe passage routes and identifying and assessing the overall impact of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and aerial strike damage. A leader in establishing standardized data collection procedures, iMMAP monitored road conditions and designed road, port and airport condition and logistical maps.

THEME:

Logistics, Mine Action, Safety & Security

Donors

Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
United Nations Development Program
United Nations Joint Logistics Center

Iraq Landmine Impact Survey

Country: Iraq

Status: Ongoing

Start: Apr, 2004

Iraq is a country heavily contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Major areas of contamination include the Iran/Iraq border, which is believed to contain numerous large barrier minefields and UXO that remain as a result of the 1980's conflict between the two nations. Significant numbers of UXO are scattered throughout populated areas of the country as a result of the wars in 1990-1991 and that beginning in 2003. Innumerable stockpiles of ammunition and arms exist throughout the rest of the country.

iMMAP completed a Landmine Impact Survey (LIS) in 13 or Iraq's 18 governorates (provinces). The LIS builds upon earlier work with IMMAP partner Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in implementing the United Nations Emergency Mine Action Survey (EMAS). The LIS assembles data from field surveys and other sources, including coalition military forces, US government agencies active in Iraq, the United Nations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) funded the LIS, and the European Union and the government of Italy, through the United Nations Development Program, funded the provision of the survey Senior Technical Advisor.

The LIS is essential in allowing national authorities, including the Iraq National Mine Action Authority (NMAA) and their international partners to quantify and define the problem on a national scale for the first time. The Iraqi government and international community are able to use the data to expedite and target funding and resources to relieve immediate hazards to public health and safety, as well as support other social, economic, reconstruction, and recovery efforts.

The Iraq LIS has visited and documented more than 12,000 communities in that country. The survey recorded contamination in more than 2,000 communities, 3,673 Suspected Hazard Areas, more than 400 UXO Spot Reports, and 577 recent (within two years prior to survey visit) victims.

THEME:

Mine Action

Donors

Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
United Nations Development Program
OASIS
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