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Tanzania training center

In Morogoro, we breed and train African Giant Pouched rats to detect landmines. We train their trainers and conduct research to constantly improve our innovative technology. From here, the rats are sent to post-war countries to help local communities regain land and improve livelihoods.

Key figures

  • 240,000 m2 Training minefield
  • 1500 Buried, deactivated landmines
  • 57 Mine Detection Rats accredited in 2013
  • 14 Scientific publications


Mozambique's landmine problem was once one of the most severe in the world, with a legacy of landmines and explosive remnants of war from decades of conflict. With this year’s operations already well underway, on 21 March the Province of Maputo was successfully declared free of known landmines in a well attended handover ceremony. APOPO's operations are now focused on tasks in Manica, Sofala, and Tete Provinces with the 2014 target to clear/release about 1.6 million square meters of land in 2014.

Key figures

  • 10,049,329 m2 Land returned to population
  • 12293 Landmines found and neutralized
  • 26,934 Small arms and ammunitions found
  • 1088 Bombs found and destroyed


APOPO has been able to assist the Government of Thailand to define more accurately their mine threat as well as the resulting impact. Through our survey efforts, the Thailand authorities can ensure that scarce and expensive mine clearance resources are directed towards the highest priority areas and the areas which are released have the greatest impact for the communities.

Key figures

  • 13,766,897 m2 Total area covered
  • 662 Landmines found and neutralized
  • 934 UXO found and destroyed


“This joint project between Norwegian People´s Aid (NPA) and APOPO is a unique combination of NPA´s survey and clearance capacities and our specially trained giant pouched rats for landmine detection, and will benefit the population affected by mines and ERW.” Tekimiti Gilbert, Head of APOPO´s Mine Action Department.

Key figures

  • 27 Operational mine detection rats
  • 12 Rat handlers trained
  • 25275 m2 Total area released/cancelled


With support of the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), APOPO, with local partner the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, is conducting humanitarian landmine clearance projects in Odder Meanchey and Siem Reap Provinces, targeting the most mine-affected villages.

Key figures

  • 2522 Landmines found and neutralized
  • 17053 UXO found and destroyed
  • 4,434,128 m2 Total area released/cancelled


With the support of the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), APOPO contributed to the elimination of UXO contamination and neutralized its impact on the livelihoods of the affected population in Vietnam. Through co-development of standard procedures and survey tools, APOPO helped provincial partners build their capacity for evidence-based UXO clearance.

Key figures

  • 4 Mobile teams
  • 3969 UXO located and destroyed
  • 14432 Beneficiaries Mine Risk Education


Lao PDR suffers severe unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination left over from the Vietnam War (2nd Indochina War) 40 years ago. With support of the German Foreign Federal Office, APOPO has built capacity for integrated humanitarian UXO clearance and capacity development projects in Khamkeut District of Bolikhamxay Province, central Lao PDR.

Key figures

  • 22,231,870 m2 Total Area assessed by Non-Technical Survey
  • 127,004 m2 Total Area Released/Cancelled
  • 3782 Beneficiaries Mine Risk Education
  • 1165 UXO cleared
Filomena Julião Ubisse

Filomena Julião Ubisse

Filomena clearly remembers that morning during the war when she went to the field to pick some tomatoes. As she stepped into the field she suddenly heard a clicking sound. Unaware of its meaning she began to walk, when there was a terrible explosion and dust all around her.

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