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Description: Vietnam remains heavily contaminated by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), specifically unexploded ordnance (UXO), from a conflict that ended more than 35 years ago. Central Vietnam is the most affected region, and the most recent assessment on the six central provinces of Vietnam reports that the provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri are the two most contaminated1. According to military records, each square metre of land in Quang Tri received more than 63kg of ordnance from both aerial and naval attack during the war. The assessment also reports that Quang Tri has recorded the highest number of casualties since the end of the war (6,760 casualties, including 2,774 killed)1. As a consequence of a history of heavy bombardment, 100 per cent of the communes within Quang Binh and Quang Tri are still reported as contaminated. The impact of contamination is wide-reaching, hindering construction of housing, expansion of infrastructure, resettlement initiatives, and other development activities. UXO and landmines restrict access and utilisation to potential natural resources, which is particularly significant to a region that is heavily dependent upon primary production. As Vietnam strives to achieve economic growth there has been an associated increase in demand for new housing, new roads and infrastructure. In addition, there is a growing pressure to further expand agricultural enterprises, which also requires the release of more land. This increase in development and human activity on land is having the result of increasing the risk of exposure to UXO.

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