The Chernobyl accident led to a long-term crisis that affected agriculture, food and living conditions in complex ways, and that modified the usual economical, political and social relations between public and private stakeholders at local, national and international level. The EC FARMING project aims to create a European stakeholder network to consider possible rehabilitation strategies for rural areas contaminated after a nuclear accident. The Institute of Patrimonial Strategies of the National Institute on Agronomy had responsibility for setting up the French stakeholder group. The objective was to develop favourable conditions and ways whereby stakeholders could deal with such a complex situation as a nuclear emergency and develop rehabilitation strategies. The results from the 3-year work programme on both strategic and technical aspects, showed an increasing commitment from the stakeholders that led to the building up of a common understanding of what a nuclear accident could be and how it could be dealt with.
a- National Institute for Agronomy Paris-Grignon (INA P-G), 16 rue C. Bernard, 75005 Paris, France
b- National Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), BP 17, 92260 Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
c- Nuclear Protection Evaluation Centre (CEPN), BP48, 92263 Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
Agricultural countermeasures; FARMING; Nuclear accident; Post-accident management; Radioactive contamination; Rehabilitation strategies; STRATEGY