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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

PROJECT 071 (IfS): Safer and more secure transportation of dangerous goods by road and rail in the AAF region (SECTRANS AAF)


15% of world traffic, all products and means of transport combined, concern dangerous goods. They are used to power factory boilers; fill car tanks; build millions of products' components; produce pharmaceuticals, textiles, fertilizers and building materials; treat drinking and waste water; as well as to cover roads with bitumen. Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) covers three product families: liquid petroleum products (75%); miscellaneous chemicals (20%) and gases (5%). While this type of transportation is essential, it is critical to manage associated risks.

The project 71 is implemented by international experts who are dangerous goods specialists and have experience of products and procedures. The project addresses the entire chain of safety, from regulation to intervention, and covers, in particular, driving and other safety issues during transportation, loading/unloading operations, as well as operational procedures in case of accident.

Overall objective

Contribute to securing the transport of dangerous goods (TDG) by road and rail in line with the economic development of the partner countries of the African Atlantic Façade and the constitution of an efficient industrial fabric respecting the safety of populations and Environmental Protection.

Specific objectives

  1. Support the improvement of the legal framework;
  2. Raise awareness and strengthen capacities of transportation entities and their staff;
  3. Strengthen response capacities in the event of an accident.


  1. Establishment of a regional TDG team, and organization of regional training and training in each partner country;
  2. Update the legal framework;
  3. Creation of training programs, educational tools, and a guide of good practices;
  4. Creation of a “TDG - Operational Response” working group to develop standardized intervention procedures and set up practical training on operational responses to TDG accidents.


  • Partner countries validated their National Reference Document;
  • All partner countries validated the Regional Reference Document, with the exception of Liberia;
  • 2-Day training program for professionals, a 5-day training of trainer’s curriculum, training material for all partner countries and 3 to 6 national training sessions were held by two local trainers for each partner country;
  • A TDG diagnosis by country, a vulnerability matrix, elements for the technical analysis, all the teaching materials and associated trainings have been produced for Level 1 and Level 2 courses.
CBRN areas
  • First response
  • Legal framework
  • Post incident recovery
  • Public health impact mitigation
  • Safeguarding information diffusion
  • Safety and security
  • Transit and trans-shipment control
CBRN categories
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Radiological
CoE Region
  • AAF - African Atlantic Façade
4 APRIL 2024
Project 071 Factsheet



European Commission

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)



Expertise France - Agence Francaise D'expertise Technique Internationale (French public agency for international technical assistance) (AFETI)


Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques (French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks) (INERIS)


This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.