Belgium

Support for Mine Action

Last updated: 03 August 2017

In 2016, the Kingdom of Belgium contributed €2.6 million (US$2.9 million) in mine action funding to five countries, as well as to global advocacy activities.[1] In 2016, Belgium considerably increased its mine action funding by providing nearly €2 million more than in 2015.

Contributions by recipient: 2016[2]

Recipient

Sector

Amount (€)

Amount (US$)

ICRC

Clearance and victim assistance

750,000

830,400

Palestine

Risk education and victim assistance

747,000

827,078

Iraq

Clearance and risk education

500,000

553,600

Colombia

Clearance

250,000

276,800

Ukraine

Clearance

250,000

276,800

Myanmar

Risk education

90,000

99,648

ICBL-CMC

Advocacy

25,000

27,680

Total

 

2,612,000

2,892,006

 

After Belgium’s annual contributions to mine action declined in nearly every year between 2011–2015 (from €5.8 million/$8.1 million to just €270,000/$299,592), a significant increase has been recorded in 2016, as shown in the table below.

Between 2012–2016, Belgium’s funding to mine action totaled €13.1 million ($16.6 million), this is 30% less than the €37.3 million ($51.8 million) contributed during the previous five-year period, from 2007 to 2011.[3]

Summary of contributions: 2012–2016[4]

Year

Amount (€)

Amount (US$)

% change from previous year (US$)

2016

2,612,000

2,892,006

+865

2015

270,000

299,592

-91

2014

2,378,028

3,162,064

2

2013

2,273,060

3,097,547

-57

2012

5,592,222

7,191,039

-12

Total

13,125,310

16,642,248

 

 



[1] Average exchange rate for 2016: €1=US$1.1072. US Federal Reserve, “List of Exchange Rates (Annual),” 4 January 2017.

[2] Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form J, 30 April 2017.

[3] See, Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, “Country Profile: Belgium: Support for Mine Action,” 30 July 2012.

[4] See previous Monitor reports.