Ukrainian and Belarusian Experts Consider Possibility of Creating Transboundary Space for Joint Investigations in Exclusion Zone

Regional IAEA workshop has recently been completed in the Republic of Belarus. The meeting was devoted to the best practice in managing the exclusion zones and informing the population on Chornobyl accident issues.

“Each participating country presented its national experience, since the workshop mission was to find solution of their urgent problems in the practice of neighboring country. For example, colleagues noted our success in informing, but we still have something to learn”, stated Oleh Nasvit, First Deputy Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, who headed Ukrainian delegation.

Workshop participants visited the Polissia State Radiation and Ecological Reserve, where a scientific laboratory is located designed to study the flora and fauna of the Belarusian exclusion zone.

“Together with Belarusian colleagues, we considered the possibility of creating a transboundary space that would unite our reserves for joint research and fire prevention measures. We hope this idea will be supported by the management”, commented Taras Melnychuk, Acting Director of the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve.

Within the workshop, representatives of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management familiarized with the work of school information and methodological cabinet “Radiation safety and health and safety fundamentals”, where students learn to measure the level of radiation in food products and other items. This helps them avoid the false idea of what radiation is and how does it affect people and the environment.

IAEA regional workshops are usually held every two years, so the next event is scheduled for 2019.

Press Service of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management