Information regarding 35th Chernobyl anniversary and Zone development in future

On April 26, the world will commemorate the anniversary of the Chernobyl accident.

35 years ago, the life of Ukrainians was divided into “before” and “after” the accident and left a deep mark not only in memory but also in people’s destinies. The tragedy affected everyone.

In order to honor the liquidators and victims of the Chernobyl accident and remind the world that Chernobyl is much more than just a mention of the catastrophe, the Government has developed and approved a program of measures to the 35th anniversary.

It includes events of remembrance and honor, social, artistic and cultural events, international and scientific conferences and meetings.

On April 15, during a press tour to the Exclusion Zone, First Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Bohdan Borukhovsky, spoke about the ministry’s vision for the development of the zone and plans to mark the 35th anniversary of the tragedy.

“Chernobyl is a unique territory and a memory of those who were born, raised, worked here and saved humanity from a nuclear catastrophe. This is a heroic and tragic era. The Ministry of Environment plans to show different Chernobyl, not only as a place of remembrance of the accident, but also as a zone of nature revival. And also – a scientific platform and a place of tourism development of the future. We want to tell everyone that Chernobyl is safe. It is evidence that Ukrainians have overcome the problem and are in control of the situation. The zone is changing. And our main task is to give it a new meaning and turn it from a zone of alienation to a zone of revival”

Bohdan Borukhovsky

According to Bohdan Borukhovsky, the Ministry of Environment sees the following directions of development of the exclusion zone:

  • Barrier function and safe handling of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. The state creates facilities in the exclusion zone that will complete the stage of activity in the field of nuclear energy use – centralized long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste;
  • Revival of the territory as a cultural heritage and tourist magnet. Exclusion zone – a place where people are aware of the scale of human activity and its impact on the planet. These things do not leave anyone indifferent. We want to visit the zone of (Non) alienation, and the Renaissance was as comfortable as possible;
  • A separate industrial cluster. This is facilitated by attracting significant investment in the development of the territory, favorable geographical location, availability of engineering and transport infrastructure;
  • Modern and comfortable platform for the work of Ukrainian and foreign scientists. Opening of the #ChornobylScience innovation park;
  • Development of the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve. A unique place of preservation of natural complexes of Polissya. Only here you can find the whole spectrum of radionuclides and whole ecosystems at the same time.
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