How much land is contaminated by mines and cluster munition remnants?

Landmines

The Monitor does not publish a global table of the estimated size of mine contamination by state because it believes that many of the estimates cited by states are far higher than the true extent of contamination. More information is available here.

 States and other areas with antipersonnel mine contaminationTable 1

 

 

  

 
  

 

 

 

 


Estimated extent of mine contamination at end of 2015
Table 2

Cluster Munitions

As of 1 August 2017, a total of 26 states and three other areas are contaminated by cluster munition remnants. This includes 12 States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, one signatory, and 13 non-signatories. It is unclear whether one State Party and one signatory are contaminated. Click here for the latest information on cluster munition contamination.

States and other areas with cluster munition contamination as of August 2017

Afghanistan
Angola
Azerbaijan*
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Cambodia
Chad
Chile
Croatia
Georgia
Germany
Iran
Iraq
Lao PDR
Lebanon
Libya
Montenegro
Serbia
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Syria
Tajikistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom (UK)**
Vietnam
Yemen
Kosovo
Nagorno-Karabakh
Western Sahara
Unclear whether contaminated:
Colombia
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
 


* Contamination exists or is suspected to exist in areas outside of government control.
** Argentina and the UK both claim sovereignty over the Falkland Islands/Malvinas, where any cluster munition contamination is likely within mined areas.
Note: States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions are indicated in bold; signatories are underlined; other areas are in italics.
 

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(Last updated based on Landmine Monitor 2016 and Cluster Munition Monitor 2017)