Demining is the process of detecting and clearing contaminated land from ERWs and UXOs then marking or fencing contaminated areas.

Executive Secretariat Accomplishments in Demining/Clearance Operations:
Land Clearance Operations:
The army is the only entity authorized to demine in Egypt. However, the Executive Secretariat supports clearance operations through demining requests received from concerned ministries. 1,454 km2 of land has been demined from 5,100 km2 of contaminated land since the beginning of the project in 2009.
The Executive Secretariat works on humanitarian mine clearance which aims to demine land for civilians to live safely and without risks. Landmines, UXOs, ERWs clearance includes technical survey, mapping, minefield marking, clearance, post-clearance documentation, community mine action liaison and the handover of cleared land for development.

Maps are developed through technical and impact assessment surveys which are inserted in the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA) to provide accessible data for clearance operations and planning.

The army places minefield markings around contaminated areas after their detection. This process mainly intends to warn civilians and deter them from entering contaminated areas. Along with marking and demining, Mine Risk Education (MRE) is communicated so that the local community is informed about the meaning of the signs and the risks posed by mines.

Clearance operation happens through two methods:

  • Manual Clearance: Trained de-miners from the Corps of Military Engineers work with metal detectors and long, thin prodders to detect mines, and clear contaminated lands.
  • Mechanical Clearance: Mechanical demining vehicles such as the Arm Trac and Casspir have made it possible to destroy the mines in place.

Quality Management Unit
The Executive Secretariat’s Quality Management Unit proactively guarantees quality in all key processes, makes sure that quality requirements are fulfilled in accordance with IMAS, measures process performance, develops procedures, and provides the right equipment.

The Quality Management units consists of Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • The Quality Assurance Team supervises and revises the security and safety procedures accompanying the mine clearance operations handled by the Military Engineers Corps.
  • The Quality Control Team carries out inspection operations to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the clearance operations and remove any residual risks.

Demining Activities

Procurement of Demining Equipment

New Al-Alamein City
Today there are approximately 400,000 people living the NWC. The implementation of the National Development Plan will encourage Egyptians to resettle in the NWC where the population of the New Al-Alamein City is expected to increase by 2030 to 6 million Egyptians. The Executive Secretariat in cooperation with the Corps of Military Engineers, successfully cleared 151 km2 which are allocated for the New City of Al-Alamein. The New City of Al Alamein is expected to be a global, touristic and cultural destination, which will contribute to economic development by offering job opportunities and providing a better quality of living. The city will include residential, medical, commercial, business, industrial, educational and touristic projects and services.