The IAEA two-week regional training course was completed on July 1 in St. Petersburg Branch. Fifteen students from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation represented national regulatory authorities in the field of radiation safety, sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population, bodies of national Emergencies Ministries, research institutions, organizations engaged in uranium waste management.
The choice of ROSATOM-CICE&T as the training’s provider was due to its extensive experience gained in the course of carrying out the IAEA regional training courses in 2014-2015. The subject of those training courses – the development and implementation of complex remediation programs on territories affected by uranium mining and milling.
The regional training course opened a series of in-depth two-week courses on environmental remediation in the framework of the IAEA TC project “Supporting Human Resource Capacity Building for Developing and Implementing Integrated Programmes for Remediation of the Areas Affected by Uranium Mining” for the years 2016-2019.
In years 2017-2019 the training courses will focus on such aspects as the remediation projects’ planning and management, remediation of surface water and groundwater, the stabilization of the landforms.
The course’s participants studied the issues of interaction with stakeholders at all stages of the remediation projects as well as the issues connected to the cost estimation of such projects. During the course the interactive learning methods such as case studies, role-playing, and focus groups were widely used. This allowed the participants to present and discuss their own practical experience.
The international experience of stakeholder engagement was presented by the Project Technical Officer Mr. Horst Monken Fernandes (Waste Technology Section, Department of Nuclear Energy, IAEA).
The participants of the course have been awarded the course completion certificates signed by Director of Division for Europe (Department of Technical Cooperation, IAEA) Mr. Martin Krause and Rector of ROSATOM-CICE&T Mr. Yuriy Seleznev.