Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action

Operations

The main functions of ANAMA Operations (Ops) Department are to plan, task, prioritize, appraise performance of operational field staff, supervise and coordinate all humanitarian demining operations carried out in Azerbaijan. The aim is to ensure that operations are carried out in accordance with National and International Mine Action Standards and ensure that mine action resources are utilized effectively and efficiently.

With a pool of 490 operational and 115 administrative staff, 6 MDMs and 40 MDDs, ANAMA conducted operations in Absheron, Agcabedi, Agdam, Agstafa, Astara, Balaken, Berde, Cebrayil, Celilabad, Dashkesen, Fizuli, Goranboy, Goygol, Gedebey, Kurdemir, Lenkeran, Naftalan, Oguz, Garadagh, Gazax, Guba, Salyan, Samux, Shamaxi, Shirvan, Shemkir, Terter, Tovuz, Ucar, Xachmaz, Xizi, Xocavend, Yevlax, Zaqatala regions, as well as in Baku, Ganja, Sumqayit, Mingechevir, Sheki cities. Up to date ANAMA has cleared 545 516 393 sq.m of (54 551,64 ha ) contaminated territory and 807 985 mine/UXOs have been found and destroyed. Operational field personnel have also been extensively involved in delivering MRE to the local mine affected communities during non working days caused by inclement weather conditions.

ANAMA continues to implement house clearance operations responding both to individual as well as local authorities requests in the mine/UXO affected regions of Azerbaijan. The Special Mobile Emergency Response Team moves around the mine/UXO affected regions and conducts house clearance operations according to the list of houses provided by local authorities.

Emergency clearance operations during 2020:

During 2020 - (september 07 including) ANAMA responded to 276 signals (operational calls) (on the base of 248 emergency clearance operations call outs) from the hotline of "102" the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Crisis Management Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, State Border Service, Regional Police Stations and Local Executive Authorities. According to the requests 90 100 sq.m of the surface territory and 14 246 sq.m of the subsurface territory in Absheron, Agjabedi, Aghdam, Aghstafa, Astara, Balaken, Beylagan, Berde, Dashkesen, Fizuli, Gedebey, Goranboy, Goygol, Hacigabul, Khachmaz, Khizi, Khojavend, Imishli, Gazakh, Guba, Oghuz, Sabirabad, Salyan, Siyezen, Shabran, Shemkir, Terter, Tovuz, Ucar regions, as well as in Baku, Ganja, Sumgayit, Mingechevir and Lenkeran cities have been cleared and 535 UXOs, 17 anti-personnel, 25 anti-tank mines and 18 745 different types of bullets have been found and destroyed, 30 houses and house yard areas, line of contact, water canal area, grazing and planting lands, household waste area, cemetery, and river bank were checked. 

In general, based on 1 113 signals (operational calls) received by the Agency, there were 894 operational and emergency clearance operations call outs. As a result 19 947 unexploded ordnance (UXO), 49 anti-personnel mines, 162 anti-tank mines and 51 668 different types of bullets were destroyed, 941 046 sq.m surface and 28 225 sq.m subsurface territory have been checked.