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Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity awareness raising and legal framework

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MILAN - From the 4th to the 6th November 2015 CBRN CoE Project 46 implementers FIIAPP, FORMIT and Sacco attended the 6th International Symposium "Biosecurity and Biosafety: Future trends and Solutions”, held at the Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, Italy

The symposium was attended by the world’s leading experts on biosecurity and biorisk management, and saw a range of informative and challenging presentations and discussions on issues such as Biosecurity culture, Preparedness for Pandemics and Outbreaks of the Future, and Biohazardous Health Care Waste Management, during which FORMIT Project Manager Pietro Costanzo delivered a presentation on the development of a handbook on Biohazardous Waste Management as part of an earlier CBRN CoE Project- Project no. 6.

Project 46 Team leader Nigel Tottie took part in a round table discussion on the CoE Initiatives Experience. Nigel spoke of some of the key issues influencing the effective implementation of CBRN CoE Projects, such as the importance of communication, liaison with other regional projects and donors, and the need for the delivery of projects to enable partner countries to focus on their own assessment of threats and risks. Nigel also spoke of the importance of engaging local expertise on these projects, to ensure that capacities built during the implementation of such projects can be sustained in the long-term- an issue which project 46 is approaching through the engagement of local experts as part of the project implementation team. 

During the symposium Nigel and the other project partners were able to network extensively with delegates, raising awareness of the work which not only Project 46, but the whole CBRN CoE initiative is doing to mitigate CBRN risks across the world.

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