APOPO
  • APOPO is a Dutch acronym that in English means the Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development. APOPO trains rats to sniff out landmines. These rats have been dubbed "HeroRATs."
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  • According to APOPO, there are 56 countries and four territories that are affected by landmines. They use combined approaches to detect them using demining technology as well as Mine Detection Rats.
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  • According to APOPO, rats are effective at quickly detecting landmines. They only react to the scent of explosives, which makes them more efficient than deminers who need to investigate each time their metal detectors send any alert.
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  • The HeroRATs can search approximately 200 square meters in 20 minutes. The same area would take 25 hours with metal detectors. The rats can also detect plastic-cased along with metal landmines, according to APOPO.
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  • Once the rats indicate a location of a landmine, a deminer follows up by exposing it to a level where it can be clearly identified, marks it with warning signs, and lays a demolition charge next to the mine location. Once they back off, the explosive is detonated and the mine destroyed, according to APOPO.
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  • APOPO breeds and trains their rats in Morogoro, Tanzania. The breed they use is the African giant pouched rat.
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  • At the training facility, there are 240,000 square meters of training minefield and 1,500 buried, deactivated landmines. There are 40 mine-detection rats accredited in 2014, and 14 scientific publications, according to APOPO.
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  • According to APOPO, the training center’s location in East Africa supports their mission to build local capacity and foster economic development.
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  • According to APOPO, so far 48,826 landmines and unexploded ordnances have been destroyed, 914,452 people have been freed from the threat of explosives, and 18,793,959 square meters of land has been released for local communities.
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  • According to the landmine monitor, in 2013 the global average of causalities per day due to landmines was 9. According to APOPO, the majority of their rats live to the end of their expected life-span and none have died due to their detection work.
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