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26 April 2024, 19:34

Plans unveiled for IAEA-sponsored research center in Belarusian radiation reserve

Photo courtesy of the Polesie State Radiation and Ecological Reserve
Photo courtesy of the Polesie State Radiation and Ecological Reserve
MINSK, 26 April (BelTA) – A research center under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) may be set up in the Polesie State Radiation and Ecological Reserve, BelTA learned from Maksim Kudin, Deputy Director for Science of the state nature protection and scientific research institution Polesie State Radiation and Ecological Reserve.

Maksim Kudin said: “We are a unique international platform where prospects of setting up a research center under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency are being considered. In the last 15 years we’ve accomplished about 27 tasks within the framework of government programs. We dealt with matters in 22 international projects and three technical aid projects. In 2020 the reserve received a mobile lab, which allowed expanding the area of research in terms of the personnel’s radiation exposure. All of it is the consolidation of efforts with academic institutions of our country.”

In his words, eight joint projects are being implemented by the reserve now together with the radiology research centers Dubna and Obninsk. This cooperation produces decent results.

The official went on saying: “There is no doubt that the territory has not been studied well yet and requires new approaches and conclusions in matters of the Chernobyl legacy. The reserve also participates in four government programs and programs of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Within the framework of the latest program starting from 2025 we would like to carry out a follow-up examination of certain territories and work out projections concerning the development of the radiation environment.”

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