In New York, at the headquarters of the UN, SAUEZM specialists presented the current state of development of the exclusion zone and agreed to cooperate with Columbia University
In the framework of the 28th International Conference on Health and Environment at the UN Headquarters, SAUEZM introduced the exclusion zone as a territory of change. Also during a visit to New York, a meeting with Columbia University representatives was held to discuss the possibility of exchanging experience and cooperation in the field of radio-ecological monitoring and revival of affected areas.
During the events, Kateryna Pavlova, Head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department of SAUEZM, emphasized that during the 33 years since the accident, the exclusion zone has undergone significant changes, and today we can talk about development prospects and future of these lands. The Chernobyl Reserve is occupied 85% of the whole territory created in 2017. Human activity will be concentrated only on 15% of the territory, and according to the plans of the Agency, the system of radioactive waste management and green energy will be developed there, the decommissioning of the Chornobyl NPP and the transformation of the «Shelter» object into an ecologically safe system will be carried out. The reserve in addition to the environmental function will also carry out a barrier function. The forest plantations will help prevent the dissemination of radionuclides outside the exclusion zone.
Representatives of the Agency also conducted a lecture on the current state of the Chornobyl exclusion zone at the Ukrainian Museum in New York for the Ukrainian diaspora. During the event, they transferred to the museum a photo book «Chornobyl - the territory of change» which shows the processes of transformation of this territory into the place of implementation of innovations and the revival of wildlife during more than 30 years.