Japan Mine Action Service Signs Grant Contract for ERW Clearance Operations in Palau


On 12 December 2023, Ms. HAGIWARA Mayu, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Japan, and Mr. TAKE Yoichi, Representative of Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) Palau, signed a Grant Contract for “Disposal Works, Technical Transfer and Safety Support for Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in the Republic of Palau” project.
Established in 2002, JMAS is a Japanese non-profit organization specialized in demining and unexploded ordnance disposal, and has been working in the sea around Palau since 2012. JMAS has conducted many activities during the past decade, including the removal of depth charges found at the Helmet Wreck, the response to the Amatsumaru tanker oil leak, and the removal of ERW on Peleliu Island.
In addition to the removal of underwater ERW, the new project cycle also aims to continue the transfer of technical expertise to the Koror State Government Ranger, so that the Ranger team can provide its own training programme to other members of the Government of Palau, and to establish a system whereby the Government of Palau can carry out sustainable ERW management in a long term, to ensure the safety of its own people, tourists and a safe marine environment.
Speaking at the ceremony, Japan’s Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Ms. Hagiwara, said: “I am very pleased to see the resumption of this important work in Palau. There is no doubt that JMAS activities have contributed to Palau’s marine environment and the safety of its people. By continuing to transfer technical expertise from JMAS to the Koror State Government Ranger, and working in cooperation with Norwegian People’s Aid as well as local stakeholders, I hope that we can build a sustainable ERW management system in a long term.”
JMAS resumed its operations in Palau immediately after the signing of the contract.