Definition of mine action. About mine action.
Mine action is a broad spectrum of efforts aimed at both preventing and addressing problems caused by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. This term is more precisely defined by various participants in the process. Among these is the United Nations, which included the term in its policy paper issued in 1998, although it had already been used in the foundational national mine action capability studies published a year earlier. The term originates in Cambodia, in the early 1990s, when the Canadian Army engineers proposed the establishment of a body to manage and coordinate mine-related activities in the country, called the "Cambodia Mine Action Centre", in order to enhance the dynamic nature of this enterprise.