News from ISGlobal
In the unlikely yet not impossible case of a future nuclear accident, what do we need to do (or not do) in order to improve the follow-up of affected populations and respond to their needs without creating unnecessary anxiety? This is what the European SHAMISEN project, led by Elisabeth Cardis, head of the Radiation Programme at ISGlobal, has tried to answer over the last 16 months. The results were presented at the final consortium meeting, which took place on March 23 at the OECD headquarters in Paris, followed by a workshop on March 24 with relevant stakeholders in the field who provided feedback on the draft document.
During the first day, around 40 consortium partners from eleven countries, plus key actors from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Japan involved in the follow-up of the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents, discussed a series of recommendations based on lessons learned from past nuclear accidents. On the second day, stakeholders representing international and European organisations, platforms and national institutions (including WHO, NEA-OECD, NERIS, CONCERT, EURADOS and ICRP) were invited to provide their input on the recommendations.
Overall, the project’s results were applauded by the various stakeholders, who stressed that its main strength is that it focuses its attention on the affected people, includes the psychosocial aspect as part of their well-being, goes beyond radiation and disease, and stresses the importance of empowering the populations to regain control of their lives.