Manchester researchers team up with landmine charity

11 Aug 2012

University of Manchester researchers have been working with landmine charity Find a Better Way to help save lives around the world.

There are at least 110 million active landmines in place across the world. It is estimated it would take $30bn (£19bn) and more than 1,000 years to clear them using current technologies.

Through a partnership led by Sir Bobby Charlton, and also involving Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Rapiscan, Lancaster University and The University of Manchester, the inspiration to tackle the legacy of landmines was established. 

Through The University of Manchester EPSRC KTA funding, initial Concept & Feasibility projects were supported to assess the potential of recent innovations, such as metal characterisation and imaging ground-penetrating radar, as technology solutions to the humanitarian challenge of mine clearance.  

The projects provided vital confidence to senior management of MAG and Rapiscan that UK Universities could respond with innovative ideas, which may have an impact on the international mines action community.

The Find A Better Way (FABW) charity was formally launched the day after completion of the KTA project, and has since received support and donations from the Risk Management industry, lead in particular by A-On, of £1m pledged on an annual basis for the next 3 years.

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