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Mine Detection Dog Center for South East Europe

To Walk the Earth in Safety: The U.S. Commitment to Humanitarian Mine Action
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
August 2004

Logo: Mine Detection Dog CenterThe Mine Detection Dog Center (MDDC) for South-East Europe was officially opened on October 14, 2003. Funded by the U.S. Department of State—through the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance—the MDDC is recognized by the South-Eastern Europe Mine Action Coordination Council.

Amer Skenderagic, a student trainer, working with Macho, a German Shepherd. (Photo courtesy of MDDC)The Center's main goal is to develop a local capacity to train the next generation of mine detecting dogs in South-East Europe. The first steps in this process are the training of two local mine detecting dog trainers and the first six of 12 mine detecting dogs (MDD) and handlers. The first set of six MDD teams completed training in August 2004. The MDDC commenced training the second set of six MDDs shortly afterwards. On completing the training of the MDD teams, the MDDC will then begin to train MDDs for local non-governmental organizations.

The MDDC, in coordination with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Center, United Nations Children's Fund and other partners, developed "Project Brenda," a mine risk education program that combines an MDD team demonstration with mine risk education lectures to warn children in Bosnia and Herzegovina about the dangers of landmines. The MDDC also organizes workshops for MDD users in Bosnia and Herzegovina in an effort to improve standards and operational procedures, as well as exchange experience, knowledge and expertise. Additionally, the MDDC is developing seminars for mine dog evaluators, trainers and handlers and quality control inspectors.

Point of Contact: Nermin Hadzimujagic, Director
Telephone and Fax: 387 036 739-860/387 036 769-861
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