The First International Youth Ecological Forum in Slavutych

The 26th of April 2006 is the 20-th anniversary of the accident at the Chornobyl NPP.

The 1st International Youth Ecological Forum that took place on April 5-6, 2006 in Slavutych under the initiative of the representatives of Slavutych Executive Council in collaboration with SSE “Chornobyl NPP”, Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology, youth organizations of Ukraine, Foundation “Ukraine -USA”was devoted to this event.

Volodymyr Udovychenko, the Head of the Executive Committee of Slavutych City Council, Doctor of Economics, greeted the participants of the conference. He wished the Forum participants’ informative discussions, interesting reports, efficient work.

120 scientists and graduates from the National Universities’ ecological faculties from Ukrainian cities: Uzhgorod, Dnipropetrivsk, Simferopol, Kyiv, Chernigiv, Odesa and Slavutych participated in plenary sessions of the Ecoforum. Ecological issues on many subjects were discussed at the Forum’s sectional sessions.

Yuri Ivanov, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Senior Researcher of the International Radioecology Laboratory of the Chornobyl Center, chaired the work of a section – “Monitoring of the Exclusion Zone”. During the sectional session the students asked topical questions on radioecological and radiobiological aspects of the Chornobyl Zone, rehabilitation processes in ecosystems, etc.

The Ecoforum participants paid great attention to the issue of Ukrainian youth attraction to the social life by means of ecological education, formation of ecological consciousness of rising generation on the basis of human values.

The Resolution was adopted following a completion of the Forum procedures. This very day, the Forum participants visited the town of Prypyat and the Chornobyl NPP.

The Youth Ecological Forum in Slavutych demonstrated the integration of intellectual efforts of youth as well as local authorities in struggle for ecologically clean environment, healthy lifestyle, active participation in formation of democratic society by means of ecological education.