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Ukrainian and Belarusian experts consider the possibility of creating a transboundary space for conducting joint researches in the Exclusion Zone

The IAEA regional seminar has recently been completed in the Republic of Belarus. The meeting was devoted to the best practices in managing exclusion lands and informing the population about the Chornobyl problem.

“Each of the participating countries presented its national experience, because the mission of this seminar is to find solutions to our actual problems in the practice of the partner country. So, for example, colleagues noted our successes in informing, but we still have something to learn”, - said Oleg Nasvit, First Deputy Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM), who headed the Ukrainian delegation.

Participants of the seminar visited the Polissya 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 scientific research and conduction of fire prevention activities. Hopefully, this idea will be supported by the executive management”, - said Taras Melnychuk, acting Director of the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve.

Also, within the framework of the seminar, the representatives of SAUEZM got acquainted with the work of the school information and methodical cabinet “Radiation safety and bases of safety of life”, where students learn to measure the level of radiation in food products and other subjects. This helps them avoid the false idea of what radiation is and how it affects people and the environment.

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

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