Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

From 6 to 8 April, SecTrans-Nas implemented a series of online activities for stakeholders in the transport of chemical and biological hazardous materials in Niger.

Despite the difficult health situation in the country, SecTrans-NAS was able to maintain the planned workshops and online training in Niger.

The mission benefited from the presence, online of course, in addition to the National Focal Point, of important personalities in the framework of the project. The first was Mr. Nicolas JAL, technical assistant of the European Union Centres of Excellence in the North Africa and Sahel region, whose intervention in the inaugural session provided a different perspective on the project’s theme in the region.  And the second, Ms Julie BUSCH, regional representative of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), who attended the end of the last training session and the closing of the activities.

The activities, similar to those carried out in Algeria, took place over three days. Three discussion and exchange workshops were held in addition to two theoretical training sessions; reinforcement of the Nigerien legal framework for the transport of hazardous chemical and biological materials, emergency interventions involving these materials and proposals for traffic plans for this type of transport.

It should be noted that most of the sectors concerned by the transport of dangerous goods were represented and, above all, that there was a strong presence of transporters’ associations, which in itself is an important guarantee of the dissemination of good practices.

The participants expressed their satisfaction at the end of the three days of intense work and they undertook to make the best possible use of the content provided by improving the legislation in force and enriching the proposed traffic plans with updated data resulting from changes in road infrastructure.

All in all, a successful course despite the distance and a few small technical problems that were quickly overcome.

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