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Mine clearance gets funding boost

Mine clearance gets funding boost

The Federal Government of Belgium has awarded the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) funds to assist in its ongoing clearance operations in Cambodia. The grant, totalling US$806,152, will be used to help with clearances in Battambang and Pailin provinces for the next two years. MAG, operating in the northwest of the country since 1992, will use the grant to pay for one manual clearance team, another team using trained dogs that detect mines, and a machine for cutting vegetation. In 2007, the government estimated that there were about 16 land mines and explosive remnants of war per hectare of Cambodian soil.

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