SecTrans-NAS kicked off the first in a series of training courses and workshops at the beginning of March, in Burkina Faso. This interactive side of the project is aimed at finding solutions to different aspects concerning the transportation of hazardous biochemicals in the Sahel region of North Africa.
Activities planned within this framework include proposals to improve legislation at a national level for six (6) participating countries; proposals to improve plans for hazardous materials circulation and training sessions for actors of the transport chain and first responders. All actions are aimed at ensuring safety and security in the road transport of such materials.
The smooth running of the SecTrans-NAS project was, however, brought to an abrupt halt by the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic. This meant either waiting patiently until the health crisis ran its natural course or seeking news ways to hit key project objectives.
To that end, the implementer, FIIAPP, together with project partners ADELFAS, MIHE, the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urbanism, the FUEGO Foundation together with – needless to say – the support and agreement of the European Commission (DG DEVCO) opted for the latter approach. This meant overcoming movement restrictions in the partner countries through a remote working methodology whenever the scope of the tasks allowed.
For several weeks now, both experts and project implementers have been working intensely to adapt the theoretical and practical training modules to the online format through the project’s web page, soon to be equipped with a monitoring and evaluation system. This will enable the project not only to continue as planned but also means key course content will remain active moving forward into the future.
So the good news is that the SecTrans-NAS project will soon be back on the road in north Africa and the Sahel, albeit only virtually.