The annual meeting of the Steering Committee of the IAEA Network of Environmental Management and Remediation (ENVIRONET) was held on December 17 in a video conference format.
The event was dedicated to summing up the results of 2020 and discussing plans for the next year. It was noted that the ENVIRONET’s activity has now been strengthened to support regional initiatives, including the provision of materials on the network in the IAEA official languages other than English. In this regard, it was decided to create a special Russian Language Resources section on the network. The meeting also discussed the issues of enhancing the implementation of webinars on the topic of the network, taking into account the development of successful experience gained in this area in 2020.
The issues of enhancing the implementation of webinars on the ENVUIRONET topics were also discussed, taking into account the development of successful experience gained in this area in 2020.
Fruitful cooperation between the Rosatom Tech and the ENVIRONET has been developing since 2014. It is based on a common goal – to promote the exchange of experience in the implementation of environmental remediation and the human resource capacity building for developing and implementing integrated programmes for remediation of the areas affected by uranium mining.
The two IAEA educational projects on environmental remediation of territories with uranium legacy sites were implemented in the Rosatom Tech in 2014-2019 as a part of the realization of the Inter-State Targeted Programme “Remediation of Member State Territories Affected by Uranium Mining Industries” with the support of the “ROSATOM”. During the projects’ implementation 11 two-week training courses were held and more than 200 specialists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine were trained.
The goal of the ENVIRONET is to build capacity in the different Member States and to facilitate the full implementation of remediation projects. To meet this goal, the ENVIRONET produces a variety of products and services aimed at promoting and increasing the exchange of information and experiences amongst its participants. The Rosatom Tech is actively involved in the ENVIRONET’s activities at the level of the network’s Steering Committee represented by the expert of the International Center for Training Nuclear Infrastructure Personnel Viktor Latynov.