Support for Mine Action

Last updated: 26 August 2013

In September 2009, the Peace Generation Organization for Demining (POD) was established in Lebanon with funding from the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and working in partnership with the Iranian organization Immen Sazan Omran Pars (ISOP), a major demining company in Iran.[1] In 2011 and 2012, POD had seven explosive ordnance teams at a cost of US$30,000 per team per month, which is the estimated budget figure used by the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) for its annual planning. At these rates, Iran contributed the equivalent of $2,520,000 to POD and thus to Lebanon’s mine action program in 2011 and 2012 respectively.[2]


[1] ISOP, “History and Projects,” 20 July 2012.

[2] Interview with Col. Rolly Fares, LMAC, Beirut, 3 May 2012; and LMAC, “2012 Annual Report Lebanon Mine Action Center,” Beirut, March 2013, p. 16.