Small arms control and reduction in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SACBiH)
"Illicit proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and stockpiled surpluses of weapons and ammunition of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina represent some of major human security risks and challenges Bosnia and Herzegovina faces with. UNDP’s Small Arms and Control Project, with its expertise and operational support, provides outstanding contribution to governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina in tackling and resolving those threats. It is a project that significantly improves security environment in our country."
Mr. Momir Brajic
National Coordinator of the SALW Coordination Board
Head of Department for NATO and PfP
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In partnership with the national Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Coordination Board, the project supports government institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina with implementing the SALW Control Strategy and its annual action plans by improving country's security environment. The project works with the Ministry of Defense to dispose of weapons and ammunition surpluses in an environmentally friendly manner and to strengthen stockpile management processes and disposal policies.
In aiming to accelerate the ammunition disposal process in Bosnia and Herzegovina, SACBiH has improved ammunition disposal capacities and capabilities by enabling destruction of a wide-range of ammunition arsenals. This has been achieved through the commission and installation of state of the art ammunition disposal machinery.
Fostering improvements of community safety, SACBiH pilots the Safer Communities Project. Based on the findings of a Baseline Assessment Survey (2010), the pilot Safer Communities Project will be implemented in five municipalities across Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project centres its activities around the implementation of a community-based policing philosophy as well as on improving the responsiveness of these communities to the security needs of their citizens.
SACBiH has been supporting institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina by establishing an appropriate legal framework that will set out small arms control policies. The project has been involved in implementation of SALW Awareness Raising Campaigns.
SACBiH strongly advocates and supports the adoption of SALW collection and voluntary surrender amnesty legislation and will continue its activities by providing support to partners in the fight against the illegal use of SALW.
The pilot Safer Communities project, in partnership with selected municipalities, aims to achieve a better quality of life at the community level by identifying and addressing community security needs, and by supporting community authorities in providing better security-wise services to its citizens.