Delegation of the European Union to Mali

EU CBRN CoE Initiative - Sierra Leone implements first phase of INSTASUR and SECTRANS for safer and more secure transport of dangerous goods

19/09/2019 - 14:25
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Project INSTASUR and Project SECTRANS

implements the first phase of its activities

with the support of 10 African Atlantic Façade countries.


Following the launch of the European project INSTASUR covering safer and more secure transportation of dangerous goods and project SECTRANS on high-risk chemical facilities and chemical risk mitigation in West Africa at the seat of Morocco’s General Direction of the Civil Protection on March 2019 in Rabat, emphasis is given to the implementation of legal workshops to be held in each partner country during the course of the year 2019.


10 countries of the African Atlantic Façade (Morocco, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) are involved in the 2 projects. Following the first workshops successfully conducted in six countries : Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal and Benin, Sierra Leone is the next country to host and to implement the first phase of the projects : strengthening the national legal framework of each country.


This first part of the projects covering the period from April 2019 to November 2019 is being conducted through a strengthened collaboration between national experts and the project team. The INSTASUR and SECTRANS project approach is to highlight the technical resources already available in each country and to reinforce them in the course of the activities with the inputs received from the experts. 


The INSTASUR and SECTRANS projects are therefore adapted to each partner country and its distinctive characteristics in terms of industrial security and safety. The main goal is to avoid and to protect humans and the environment, to reinforce prevention and practical application by the analysis of legal texts, trainings and applied exercises.




The Centers of Excellence initiative for nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical risks reductions (NRBC) was launched by the European Union on 2010. The initiative is aiming at the prevention, preparation and post-crisis management of CBRN incidents of different types: criminal (traffic, robbery, proliferation, and sabotage), accidental (industrial disasters, waste management related issues) or natural (pandemics, etc.). The goal of this action is to promote political and operational cooperation at national, regional and international levels.


Financed by the European Union, with a 250 million budget for the 2010-2020 period, this action is implemented through its Research Common Center and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). It covers a 61 country network across the globe, divided in eight regional bureau: the African Atlantic Façade, West Central Africa, North Africa, South East Europe, Middle East, the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. These regional offices located in one country of each region ensure the regional coordination of the initiative, promote political and operational coordination between countries and facilitate the exchange of good practices for the instauration of an expert’s network.


Partner countries appoint a National Focal Point in charge of coordinating a national team composed of representatives of all concerned authorities. Through this team, each country commits to conduct a needs assessment, to elaborate a national action plan, and to identify and apply regional projects.


The added value of this EU initiative, compared to other approaches, is to promote a holistic vision of CBRN risks and threats that are often addressed separately despite of their common aspects, and to provide an international network of authorities and experts.




The EU CBRN CoE initiative is financed by the European Union through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The initiative is implemented with the technical support of international and regional organizations as well as the EU member countries and other stakeholders with a coherent approach to promote an effective and efficient cooperation on a national, regional and international level. The initiative includes sixty one countries in eight regions of the world and it is the largest program on external civil security of the EU


For more information:

- CBRN Centers of Excellence website:

-European Commission Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website:

- INSTASUR website:

- SECTRANS website:


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