CBRN CoE Project 13

Short name: CBRN CoE Project 13
Title: Capacity building and raising awareness for identifying and responding to threats from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials in Sub Saharan African countries
Geographical Scope: Eastern and Central Africa
Participating Countries: Kenya, Ghana, DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles, South Sudan, Ethiopia
Duration: 24 months
Role: Partner (implementation of all activities related to biological sector)
Consortium Leader:  Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile – ENEA, Italy
Contracting Authority: EU Commission with the support of UNICRI


OBJECTIVES
Following the assessment of the needs of and based on discussions with the countries, this project is aimed at raising awareness of the risks posed by CBRN materials.
1. To improve understanding of the issue in order to raise the awareness of countries of the risk posed by CBRN materials if they are not properly managed in the country at borders, airports, seaports.
2. To strengthen the importance of the issue across the region and to promote synergies among the international initiatives already in place.
3. To boost regional and international cooperation.
4. To promote the development/establishment of an appropriate Sustainable risk-based National Strategy/ National CBRN Action Plan.
5. To enhance the beneficiary countries’ capacity to combat illicit trafficking.
6. To identify stakeholders at national level.
7. To increase inter-agency cooperation at national and regional level.
8. To raise awareness on the CBRN legal framework

ACTIVITIES
1. Map, identify stakeholders involved in this issue (policy makers and implementers) building upon ESF missions carried out in 2010-2011.
2. Organize a regional seminar aimed at gathering the policy makers and implementers of the administrations/agencies involved in the response to illicit trafficking of CBRN materials. They wouldreceive basic information and knowledge on:
– Chemical materials, prevention and protection measures, international procedures and standards;
– Biological agents and materials, prevention and protection measures, international procedures and standards;
– Radiological and Nuclear materials, prevention and protection measures, international procedures andstandards;
– International customs/border procedures and standards.
3. Organize workshops country by country (upon the request of countries). This action will have a larger audience and is aimed at supporting them in the assessment of the national situation in order to be able to develop a National Action Plan and National Response Plan to deal with CBRN threats.
4. Evaluate the results of the project by means of interviews to the National coordinator of each country, to improve further actions in the region.

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