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Africa CBRN

Africa CBRN

​EU CBRN CoE Proyecto 35. Managing Hazardous Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Waste in the African Atlantic Façade (AAF) Region and in Tunisia.

  • Dates​: January 20​14 – December 2017
  • Participating Countries: African Atlantic Façade (AAF) Region (Ivory Coast, Gabon, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, and Togo) and Tunisia.
  • Developers: Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP) (España), en cooperación con UNE (España), y GRS (Alemania)​
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Presentation of the CBRN UNE International Cooperation project

Training in the CBRN UNE International Cooperation project

Group for the CBRN UNE International Cooperation project


The Project EU CBRN CoE 35 is part of the EU programme on Centres of Excellence in the field of NBQR (nuclear, biological, chemical and radioactive) disaster prevention, preparation and response. In the field of the civil defence, all the countries of this region have strengthened the cooperation among themselves and have shown to be eager to exchange best practices on hazardous waste management with the EU. The main aim of this project is to improve (or to initiate) best practices for managing hazardous chemical and biological products.

Download the EU CBRN CoE 35 booklet here.

After a first phase identifying the specific needs, each country considered the aspects related to sampling, detection, measurement, protection, decontamination, mitigation, transportation, containment, recovery of land and waste disposal. All the while they maintained a coherent regional approach. This included drawing up complete standard procedures and technological solutions for chemical and biological waste. The works included technical and regulatory inventories, training for building skills, workshops and a practical programme on large-scale chemical and biological waste sampling and measurement (for competent laboratories and technicians), in which many laboratories took part in international inter-comparison testing schemes to measure the performance reached.

Coordination with national, regional and international activities that are already in place or ongoing has been a key factor for success that has prevented duplicities and has increased local involvement and the sustainability of this project.

The project EU CBRN CoE 35 has posed a challenge from a coordination and logistics point of view (simultaneous tasks carried out in 8 countries) as well as due to the technical aspect (training given in varying sectors: industrial facilities, hospitals, waste managers, local administrations, etc.). Despite this, all the involved organisations managed to achieve clearly satisfactory results.

The experience and the knowledge of UNE in all matters relating to training and quality and environmental management systems have enabled more than 100 training activities intended to promote the application of testing laboratory management systems based on the ISO/IEC standard 17025:2005 and raising awareness on best practices in hazardous waste management to be carried out highly successfully in the project by UNE's experts. To do so, UNE has had personnel located in the different African countries participating in the project during the equivalent of more than 750 working days.

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Appointment with participant Souad El HAJJAJI

​​​​Profesora de la facultad de Ciencias. Mohammed V-Rabat University. Morocco


The problems arising from hazardous chemical and biological waste are profoundly important in Morocco due to the vast amount of them. This project will enable us to improve the standards of our laboratories and to develop a national strategy to raise awareness on correct waste management.

Appointment with participant Doctor Hubert BINGA.

​​Director del Centro Nacional contra la Contaminación. Gabon

Doctor Hubert BINGA.

​El proyecto 35 nos ha dado la oportunidad de mejorar notablemente nuestra competencia en las técnicas de gestión de residuos peligrosos, lo que nos permitirá corregir algunas carencias en nuestra legislación nacional al respecto.​

Appointment with participant Mrs Fagamou Sy DIOP

​​Consejera técnica sobre gestión de residuos del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente. Senegal.

Mrs Fagamou Sy DIOP

​Las formaciones recibidas nos van a permitir desarrollar un programa nacional de sensibilización sobre los riesgos químicos y biológicos en diversos sectores de nuestra sociedad relacionados con la gestión de estos residuos que hasta ahora se encontraban con el problema del desconocimiento de las mejores prácticas actuales.