Enter your email address here:


Tell us something about yourself:

You don't have to miss a thing

We'll keep you informed about everything which happens at apopo :

project results new baby HeroRATs royal visits awards and prizes special fundraisers research breakthroughs key conferences new success stories ...

To understand how we protect your personal data, and how you can unsubscribe or change your profile, read our privacy policy.


Land release

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • The Land Release Process

    After conflict, potentially mined areas will require evidence-based survey, which will identify the real mined areas. These areas will be released by technical survey and clearance.

  • Non Technical Survey

    A non-technical survey combines a desk assessment with field observations and interviewing informants. The survey gathers and analyses past records, land use and visible signs of mines. Fairly accurate mined areas may eventually be defined.

  • Technical Survey

    Technical survey (TS) uses various intrusive assets that can detect or destroy mines. TS may assist defining the boundaries of mined areas and the location of mines inside these areas.

  • Targeted and systematic inspection

    Targeted inspection is used where there are obvious targets of likely mined areas within the Confirmed Hazardous Area. Systematic inspection is used where there are no obvious targets that are more likely mined than others.

  • Clearance

    Clearance is the process of removing the actual mines. Technical Survey (TS) typically identifies the outskirt of a mine pattern, which triggers an inside-out clearance approach.

  • Return of Land

    Land can be released by survey and clearance. While the decision to release land is based on the quality of the survey and clearance process, it is essential that end users are confident that the land is safe to use after release.