Integrated Mine Action Intervention in Support of High Risk Communities in Northern Sri Lanka

Project completed

Since the end of the conflict in northern Sri Lanka early 2009 huge efforts have been made to clean areas from explosive remnants of war in order to release the land for the safe return of the IPD’s. In 2012, still 118 km² are contaminated with mines and UXO’s. The FSD program contributes to the safe resettlement of IDP’s in their respective villages and agricultural land in order to rebuild their livelihood.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Sri Lanka
Conflict & fragility
Removal of land mines
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
01.08.2012 - 31.01.2013
CHF  600’000

The conflict in the northern part of Sri Lanka left a huge area contaminated with mines, unexploded devices and other explosive remnants of war. In 2012, still 118 km² need to be released in order to facilitate the return of the IDP’s. Much agricultural land still remains to be released.


IDPs are able to return safely to their respective homes to rebuild their livelihood through safe access to water and agricultural land.

Target groups

2’012 war affected families (IDP’s)

Medium-term outcomes

  • Land to be released and contaminated areas are clearly identified and mapped
  • Population can safely return and start reconstruction and livelihood activities
  • Results

    Results from previous phases:  

    Release of 1 km² land for productive use after technical survey. Release of 90 km² land through non-technical survey. The safe and timely return of a total of 5,533 IDP families (18,799 individuals). 5,104 IDP families have safe access to drinking water Production of a total of 113 GIS maps to support mine clearance operations.

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Humanitarian aid
    Project partners Contract partner
    Swiss Non-profit Organisation
    • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
    • Swiss Foundation for Mine Action FSD

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    600’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    600’000
    Project phases

    Phase 5 01.08.2012 - 31.01.2013   (Completed)