Information Exchange on CBRN Practices and Lessons Learned Seminar & Workshop, 07 – 09 September 2015 Ankara, Turkey

Monday, 7. September 2015 to Wednesday, 9. September 2015

Threats and dangers that Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) materials pose are a challenging issue to be handled by all countries. CBRN substances can be deliberately and accidently released to the environment. Moreover, political disturbances and developing industrial activities increase the risk of release of those substances. CBRN incidents can result in economic, political and social losses at national and global level and can cause severe permanent damage to environment and human health.

The event, hosted by the Republic of Turkey, Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) as one of the Turkish contributions to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for 2015, aimed to provide an opportunity for information exchange among the DPPI SEE member countries on best practices and lessons learned in the area of CBRN preparedness, response and recovery activities including about related education, training, public awareness, etc. 

​Target audience of the event were CBRN specialists, first responders, instructors/trainers, or professionals involved in developing CBRN emergency-response system in their countries. 

Within the seminar part, country presentations were expected to inform about their respective national CBRN management systems, such as: 

  • CBRN emergency management planning (organizational structure, CBRN teams structure)
  • Standard operation procedures of CBRN incident response (surveillance and reconnaissance, detection, sampling, search and rescue, decontamination) 
  • Practical and theoretical training activities 
  • Public awareness and communication activities
  • Early warning systems

Workshop, on the other hand, aimed at identifying the key differences between the participating countries’ CBRN governance systems thereby forming the basis for discussion on the importance of establishing a common language in the region of the South Eastern Europe.

In addition to a number of AFAD’s representatives, 11 participants from six (6) other DPPI SEE member countries (Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) took part in the event.