APOPO has been active in the field of mine action since 2005 and is best known for its innovative use of mine detection animals to speed up landmine clearance efforts. APOPO currently has 70 Mine Detection Rats across Cambodia, Angola, and 65 Technical Survey Dogs spread across Cambodia, South Sudan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Senegal. To date, APOPO teams have safely and efficiently identified more than 180,000 landmines and unexploded ordnances while clearing over 75 million sqm of former minefields, benefitting a little over two million individuals in post conflict Asian and African communities. No missed mine has ever been found behind an area cleared by APOPO animals, and over 10% of the areas cleared by APOPO animals have been quality controlled with metal detectors, which is strong proof they highly reliable in their mine detection work. Animal welfare is a top priority, and no APOPO animal has ever been harmed while conducting mine detection work.
APOPO Technical Survey Dogs are an ideal tool for find the boundaries of where minefields exist. This makes them particularly cost effective when a landmine problem in an area needs to be framed, and better defined, which is currently the case in Ukraine. APOPO is excited to work with the Peace Coalition as a landmine detection advisor, and potential landmine detection implementer.