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Starter Guide towards strong Arms and Ammunition Management Practices

BICC announces a new publication to support the improved control of small arms, light weapons (SALW) and conventional ammunition in Least Developed Countries. The project was financed by the German Foreign Office. The Starter Guide is available at <www.bicc.de/publications/publicationpage/publication/starter-guide-towards-strong-arms-and-ammunition-management-practices-381/>

Lack of resources, technical experience and knowledge, infrastructure and unfavorable climate conditions present major challenges to the proper storage of SALW and ammunition for many countries throughout the world. Unsafe, poorly managed and unguarded stockpiles of arms and ammunition is a reality in many countries, especially in Least Developed Countries. They face a challenging environment with competing needs such as the improvement of health and education systems, infrastructure provision and other developmental or post-conflict transitional challenges.

The resultant risks can be significantly reduced or mitigated when stockpiles are maintained effectively. This is the entry point of the Starter Guide. Arms and ammunition can act as 'multiplier of violence' and the unregulated availability of SALW can hamper development. Arms and ammunition should be stored and managed so that the risk of diversion and leakage, as well as the risk of unintended explosions, is low. Countries are, thus, well advised to actively engage in improving Arms and Ammunition Management.

This Guide addresses countries that wish to start improving their approaches to and practices of arms and ammunition management and are at relatively early stages of improvement. The current version of the Starter Guide will be developed further this year.

The "Starter Guide towards strong Arms and Ammunition Management Practices" was jointly developed by the following institutions:

- Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), - Bundeswehr Verification Center, - US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), - The HALO Trust, - Mines Advisory Group (MAG), - Small Arms Survey, - United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and - United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

Marius Kahl, Researcher at BICC, acted as a lead author and coordinated the work between the partners.

For further information please contact Susanne Heinke, Head of Public Relations, phone 00 49 228 911 96 44, e-mail pr@bicc.de

idw :: 18.01.2013