There’s an app for that

Mišo Pamučina, the Demining Coordinator for Public Institution Ecology and Safety, right, uses the Mine Suspected Areas app.
Dea, 20, is a computer science student in Mostar. Every day on her way to school she passes near the area where military operations took place in the recent past.
Thanks to successful de-mining operations, the current size of hazardous area is down to 957 km2 or 1.96 percent of the total country. That still poses a threat, not only for direct safety, but also the danger it presents for other contexts.
Volunteer with the Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) use the BiH Mine Suspected Areas app to map suspected mines.
The application gives us the opportunity to take photos, record coordinates and call the police and report during the field work, if we notice an unexploded ordinance which is not in the minefield, thus contribute to updating the application itself.”
Arina Bešlagić, right, a volunteer with the Mountain Rescue Service (MRS), says, “Our biggest problem are minefields that were not marked in the past, and the maps were not updated. The application gives us the opportunity to take photos, record coordinates and call the police and report during the field work, if we notice an unexploded ordinance which is not in the minefield, thus contribute to updating the application itself.”
MRS volunteers work to map unexploded ordinances.
An unexploded ordinance.
A MRS volunteer photographs a mine site to record the coordinates.
When people are lost, injured in remote areas, or in cases of avalanches or earthquakes, MRS are called to work or to assist to police, civil protection and other institutions. Eighty percent of the MRS’ activities are searches for those lost in inaccessible terrains and mountainous areas.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the top regional destinations for outdoor tourism, with an increasing number of visitors coming from abroad.
Mountaineer Thierry Joubert specializes in developing and running responsible walking and cycling trips along the Via Dinarica.
Mr. Joubert uses the BiH Mine Suspected Areas app during his hike.
The app is a very welcome addition. Mr. Joubert shares, “I can see right on the spot if something is suspected or not,” he says. “We didn’t have that before, you’d have to carry a map, become familiar with it, have internet connection, but with this application you can find out about the mines on the ground in no time.”

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