The Falkland Islands hope that the complete clearance of the minefields, a legacy of the 1982 Argentine military invasion, can be finalized by the end of the decade and in the meantime it is actively considering post-clearance management of those sites that are released, particularly in the area surrounding the capital Stanley.
Falklands lawmaker MLA Michael Poole provided a summary of the current and planned demining work, plus the post-clearance management plan, during a briefing of his portfolio at the Falklands elected Legislative Assembly.
In effect 29 minefields have been released this past summer with 42 disposal operations having taken place, with almost 4,000 mines and other explosive devices destroyed.
However, MLA Poole warned that upcoming work has slightly more complexity to it due to the potential environmental impacts in 10 or 11 minefields due to be cleared in the next season.
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