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Kick-off of the European TERRITORIES project


On Friday, January 27, 2017, the kick-off meeting was held in Paris for the European TERRITORIES project [1], which was selected in a call for projects by CONCERT [2], a European “joint programming” tool which counts integrating radiation protection research among its objectives.


The aim of the project, under the direction of IRSN, is to construct a method to reduce uncertainties during decision-making processes by taking into account the involvement of all stakeholders (institutions, experts, associations, citizens, etc.) to assess doses to human and wild animal populations in order to manage the risk linked to long term exposure in contaminated areas after a nuclear accident or situations involving naturally-occuring radionuclides (NORM) contamination. The project involves 11 partners [3] from eight European countries and will last three years.


To reach this objective, the partners must develop a harmonized approach at the European level which is applicable to all situations involving long-term environmental exposure to radioactivity. This approach will be made available to decision-makers while taking into account all sources of uncertainty. It will be used in a guide explaining the approach for decision-making made jointly with stakeholders for managing areas where human and non-human populations are exposed over the long term to radioactivity that is significantly higher than natural background radiation.


1. To Enhance unceRtainties Reduction and stakeholders Involvement TOwards integrated and graded Risk management of humans and wildlife In long-lasting radiological Exposure Situations
2. CONCERT-European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research
3. Partners include IRSN (France), BfS (Germany), CEPN (France), CIEMAT (Spain), NMBU (Norway), NRPA (Norway), Public Health England (United Kingdom), Belgium Nuclear Research Center (Belgium), STUK (Finland), University of Tartu (Estonia), Mutadis (France).

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