Destruction of 85,000 tonnes of surplus munitions over a 4 year period.Achievements:
The former Soviet Army military test and training range at Jeyranchel in Azerbaijan was in active use over the period 1955-1991. Unexploded ordnances (UXO) and mines remaining in the area present a serious humanitarian, socio-economic and environmental threat to the local population. The project aims at the clearance of this area.
The key reasons for this project are:
Jordan III Trust Fund is a capacity building project to
develop service women in Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF).
The project aims at supporting JAF to attain a 3% female officer representation and provide women with wider career op-portunities. The Trust Fund serves as a strong advocate to Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) partners and other regional actors developing servicewomen and their roles in peace and the security sector.
The JAF has developed a Military Women’s Strategy for 2006-2016 that aims to capacity-build through the recruitment and training of more women in JAF and subsequently creating wider employment and participation opportunities. The strategy aligns with NATO/EAPC policy for implement-ing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Progress has been stalled by the limits of the training centre. The Jordan III Trust Fund will support JAF through three initiatives over a 54 month period:
NATO Trust Fund projects have provided in Jordan a modern
demilitarisation centre and an initial propellant surveillance
testing capability. Far away from the encroachment of city
housing, a new demilitarisation centre was constructed to
NATO safeguarding rules and distances in a desert zone.
Through initial propellant testing the safety conditions for
stockpile demilitarisation have improved significantly and a
baseline has been recorded for all propellants.
Due to historical legacy, gifting and assistance programmes to Jordan, ammunition data upon which management decisions can be made is not commonly available. Decisions to prioritise destruction are usually based upon a calculation between at least two data sets and may involve testing a number of components. An appropriate range of tests and results are therefore necessary to enable strategic stockpile decisions on demilitarisation.
Ammunition dismantling allows for an efficient and effective remove and demilitarisation of ammunition. Explosives may be subsequently destroyed but materials, mostly metals, can be recovered for scrap recycling. While destruction by burning or demolition has no revenue return, it is appropriate that revenue from recoverable and saleable materials should off-set the dismantling and demilitarisation costs.
The project is to set the conditions for a self-sustaining Jordanian ammunition demilitarisation capacity. The following three initiatives will be implemented over 48 months period:
The Mauritania II project will contribute to the security and safety of the civilian population while enhancing the operational efficiency of the Mauritanian National Army (MNA) followed by a request for assistance from Mauritania in March 2014 in continuation of the first Trust Fund. The project will also contribute to strengthening the relationship between NATO and Mauritania and to changing the civilian population’s perception of NATO.
Supporting three initiatives:
Destruction of 1,269 tonnes of pesticides, which were repacked and centralized in the previous Moldova Trust Funds.
Status: The project has been successfully completed with all of the pesticides and dangerous chemicals safely destroyed.
A closing ceremony was held on 28 June in Moldova.
Duration: Implementation started in February 2013. The project was completed in summer 2018.
Demilitarization of 416 tonnes of surplus munitions and further investigation of the Petrovici Tunnel
Status: The demilitarization work has been split into two tranches based on level of technical difficulty.
A contract to carry out the first tranche was awarded to a Montenegrin company in November 2017 and completed on time by end of April 2018.
An international competition was undertaken for the second tranche with the contract awarded to an Italian demilitarisation contractor in October 2018. It is anticipated that all the remaining ammunition will be moved to Italy in spring 2019 and demilitarised by summer 2019.
Duration: Project was launched in August 2014, started implementation in May 2016 and is expected to be completed by late 2019.
The fourth NATO/PfP Trust Fund project in Serbia follows
a request for assistance from Serbia to NATO for the
destruction of surplus conventional ammunition, initially
estimated as up to 8,000 tonnes.
Status: To date, 235 tonnes of ammunition have been demilitarized. A serious incident in February 2017 has paused high rate demilitarisation activity until capacity is re-established in spring 2019.
As at June 2019, the project had provided over MEUR 1.2 worth of improvements and new equipment, including a new fire en-gine, ambulance and forklift truck.
A proposal to extend the project by two years to spring 2022 and in-crease the budget to MEUR 5.60 is under final approval at NATO HQ. This will allow time for the demilitarisation of the original quantity of surplus ammunition and additional tasks to support the MOI under the Western Balkan initiative.
Duration: Project launched in July 2013 and started implementation in March 2016 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2022.
The objectives of this Trust Fund are: