Scientific and technological research partnership for sustainable development (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development, SATREPS). In partnership with Fukushima University
is a Japanese government program that contributes to joint international research and promotes them.
The program is implemented with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA).
The purpose of the program is to find answers to global challenges.
On February 6, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Chornobyl Research and Development Institute and the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity at Fukushima University, Japan to organize scientific cooperation within the framework of the Fukushima-Chornobyl Program. The program is a part of the SATREPS global program of the Japanese government.
The cooperation between the Ukrainian and Japanese institutions is to disseminate the experience of eliminating the consequences of the Chernobyl accident, systematize the received practical knowledge, as well as their application to overcome the consequences of the accident in Fukushima.
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The first stage of the program of cooperation is for 5 years.
During this stage of the program, three new research sites in the Zone will be created.
The first one is designed to study the peculiarities of the spread of radioactive contamination by groundwater.
The purpose of the second one is to monitor the sewage, the amount and types of radiation pollution flushed with surface waters.
On the third site, meteorological conditions will be monitored and their influence on the spread of radioactive contamination within the studied territory.
Separate sites for research on radioactive aerosols have been identified and set up.
During the project, Ukrainian and Japanese scientists will develop common regulations for monitoring surveys of contaminated areas, and form a research network for radiation parameters of the environment in the Zone.
Ukrainian scientists acquired invaluable experience over the 30 years of mitigating the consequences of the Chernobyl accident, which can be turned into a rich body of practical knowledge useful to our Japanese colleagues.