From 14 to 18 October 2019, the final Regional Training Course of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Cooperation Project RER/9/145 ” Supporting Human Resource Capacity Building for Developing and Implementing Integrated Programmes for Remediation of the Areas Affected by Uranium Mining” was held at the Rosatom Technical Academy. The course was attended by 15 specialists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The project, which was carried out from 2016 to 2019 with the support of Rosatom and the IAEA was aimed to develop the managerial and technical competencies of national personnel in the development and management of remediation programs and projects, as well as to create a platform for the exchange of experience and best practices between stakeholders.
Within the framework of the Project, the staff of the Academy developed training materials, organized and conducted training courses at the Academy: 6 two-week and 1 one-week. During the Project, the Academy trained 95 specialists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In addition to training courses at the Academy, the Project included three week-long training courses: in the Russian Federation (FSUE “RADON”), Kyrgyzstan (Cholpon-Ata) and Tajikistan (Dushanbe). Participants of the course in Kyrgyzstan went to the Kaji-Sai tailing. The IAEA expert mission to Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek) was also conducted with a visit to the Tuyuk-Suu and Taldy-Bulak tailings.
The training courses were held on the following topics: “Interaction with Stakeholders”, “Project Planning and Management”, “Remediation Technologies: Landform Stabilization and Formation of Tailings Coatings”, “Regulatory Aspects of Environmental Remediation of Uranium Mining Facilities”.
All two-week courses included the preparation and protection of training projects on modeling various aspects of environmental remediation at specific uranium legacy sites.
The implementation of the Project was greatly supported by the Intergovernmental Target Programme on the Remediation of Territories Affected by Uranium Mining Industries: the practical part of the courses held at the Technical Academy of Rosatom was based on the examples, tasks and factual material, obtained during the Programme realization.