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Protecting cities against terrorism

Posted on 14th May 2019 at 12:00pm

Lina Kolesnikova, member of Advisory Board of Crisis Response Journal and a Fellow of Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), has been named as an expert within the Expert Advisory Board of PACTESUR (2019-2021).

PACTESUR is the acronym for the project: Protect Allied Cities against TErrorism in Securing Urban aReas, led by the city of Nice, France. Kolesnikova will be one of the 15-strong Experts Advisory Committee (EAC) which will be co-ordinated by the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus). The first annual meeting of the EAC and the associated cities group will take place in Gdansk, Poland from July 4-5, 2019.


The project aims to empower cities and local actors in the field of security of urban public spaces that are facing terrorist threats. Image: prazis|123rf

Through a bottom-up approach, the project federates local decision-makers, security forces, urban security experts, urban planners, IT developers, trainers, front-line practitioners, designers and others in order to shape new European local policies to secure public spaces against terrorist attacks.

The project is based on four pillars:

  • The reflection on standards, legal frames and local governance
  • The development of specialised training for local security operators
  • The awareness-raising of citizens and politicians on their role in prevention and as security actors
  • The identification of the most adapted local investments for securing open and touristic public spaces by sharing field experience

PACTESUR involves three flagship cities – Nice, Turin and Liege – all of which are committed to strengthening their co-operation and to having convergent strategies on urban security.

To read more about the project, please visit the website here


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