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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

PROJECT 091: Strengthened chemical and biological waste management capacities in the North Africa and Sahel region


Appropriate chemical and biological waste management is important in order to avoid mishandling or use of such dangerous materials, with a negative impact on people (contamination), environment (pollution) or security (thefts, criminal activities, sabotage, proliferation).

Incidents involving hazardous CBRN contaminants can create significant challenges, such as: minimising the amount of waste generated during clean up and remediation; segregating waste types; packaging and safe transportation of the waste; and treating and disposing of waste and debris.

Furthermore, these complexities related to waste management are in some countries compounded by: limited disposal and treatment expertise, capabilities and capacity to manage CBRNE contaminated waste; lack of experience of decision-makers and absence of waste management facilities to handle these wastes; hesitancy on the part of some disposal facilities to accept these wastes; and limited resources to cover the (at times high) costs of disposing of hazardous waste.

Overall objective

To build capacity on hazardous waste management in countries of the North Africa and Sahel region with a focus on countries that have not yet benefited from similar previous capacity building activities.

Specific objectives

  1. Target all relevant waste sectors to develop in the region a multidisciplinary culture and skills in the management of hazardous waste;
  2. To control the risks related to the waste whatever their origins (human, animal, agricultural, environmental) and nature (i.e., solid, effluent).


Supporting the training of personnel regarding good management practices for biological and chemical waste in the socio-cultural contexts of the region.


Project to start soon.

CBRN areas
  • Bio-safety/bio-security
  • Legal framework
  • Public and infrastructure protection
  • Public health impact mitigation
  • Safety and security
  • Waste management
CBRN categories
  • Chemical
  • Biological
CoE Region
  • NAS - North Africa and Sahel
12 JUNE 2023
Project 091 Factsheet



United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute



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.