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EU-funded Capacity Building Activities in the Asia and the Pacific Region to Strengthen and Harmonize National Capabilities to Respond to Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies


Participants of Regional Training Course on Basic Elements of Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response, Vienna, Austria, 7 – 11 April 2014. (Photo: W.Gruenwald, IAEA)

Under IAEA technical cooperation (TC) project RAS/9/068, "Strengthening and Harmonizing National Capabilities for Response to Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies," efforts have been invested to strengthen the related capabilities in the region through on-the-job fellowships, scientific visits and regional group activities.

With support from the European Union (EU), it was possible to organize two regional events in the second quarter of 2014 to support the participating Member States of the project in achieving a higher degree of compliance with the requirements of the IAEA Safety Standards (GS-R-2) in the area of emergency preparedness and response (EPR).

A Regional Training Course on Basic Elements of Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response was held in the Vienna International Centre in April 2014. Twenty-three participants from 16 Member States of the Asia and the Pacific Region were provided the basic, or the most important, information and tools to assist them in developing national EPR plans.

Presentations on various topics of EPR were delivered, such as the effects of radiation, exposure pathways and protective actions, past radiological emergencies, international response criteria. Participants were also invited to a review of the International Requirements for EPR and the Step-by-Step Approach to Developing Emergency Response Capability, Plans and Procedures for Emergency Response. With the guidance of the expert facilitators, participants underwent a table-top exercise, providing them a simulated experience in utilizing knowledge gained during the course.

The participants are now expected to be in a position to disseminate the knowledge and material they have acquired to larger audiences in their respective countries, and thereby strengthen their national EPR framework to respond to a nuclear or radiological emergency.

From 16 to 20 June 2014, a regional meeting was held in Jakarta, Indonesia with counterparts of the IAEA TC Project RAS/9/068. The aim of the meeting was to enhance the preparedness and response to radiological emergencies in Asia and the Pacific region. Nineteen participants from 14 Member States carried out a self-evaluation of their EPR status and agreed on the regional needs and priorities for establishing, strengthening and harmonizing emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The meeting also provided a forum for an exchange of experience and information and a forum to learn from each other, in order to achieve a high level of emergency preparedness.

Briefing and tour of Indonesia National Crisis Centre on Nuclear Emergency Response at BAPETEN, Jakarta, Indonesia.

During the meeting, participants had the opportunity to visit the Indonesia National Crisis Centre on Nuclear Emergency Response at BAPETEN and were given a tour of the facility and information on radiological emergency preparedness arrangements in Indonesia.

The meeting unanimously recognized the continuous achievements made through the on-going regional project in all aspects of establishing and/or upgrading EPR capabilities in the Asia and the Pacific region, in keeping with the scope of the operation and the risks that exist in the Member States.

The meeting identified the national and regional priorities in the Asia and the Pacific region. In addition, it provided the essential information which each Member States could utilize in order to prepare its country-specific work-plan, as well as to identify the regional needs to achieve compliance with IAEA Safety Standard No. GS-R-2. The participants recognized the opportunity provided for fostering an exchange of information and experiences and acknowledged the importance of establishing regional cooperation to provide synergy in progressing with the project activities. The meeting also gave an opportunity to sensitize the participants to the revisions being considered to the IAEA Safety Standard on EPR (GS-R-2) so that they would be better equipped to comply with the revised standard which is expected to be released sometime in 2015.


Both these events-the regional training course and the regional meeting-were supported by funds provided by the European Union and were held within the framework of the IAEA's regional technical cooperation project RAS/9/068. Through this regional TC project, the IAEA is helping countries in Asia and the Pacific to develop or further strengthen their national systems to face radiation emergencies by assisting them to ensure that they comply with the 14 key elements of general, functional, and infrastructure requirements of IAEA Safety Standard No. GS-R-2.

As part of a larger European Union initiative to enhance nuclear safety around the world, the EU supports several IAEA technical cooperation activities through the Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI), including five TC projects in Asia and the Pacific related to safety issues.

      This project is carried out with funding
by the European Union and the IAEA.

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Last update: 26 Jul 2017

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