The application of nuclear science and technology in environmental protection was discussed at the 18th meeting of the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA) at the ministerial level by the representatives of 12 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The FNCA was established in 2000 on the initiative of the Japanese Nuclear Energy Commission. Its main goal is to ensure effective cooperation in the field of nuclear and radiation technologies between member states. They are Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan. The Forum is held once in two years.

YOSHIAKI OKA, CHAIRMAN, JAPAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION:

 - We are working on the radiation application for health, for agriculture, medicine and other products. Now we are shifting some work on the nuclear utilization, including the safety, public understanding and the nuclear role. These are rather broad topics. We have several projects, and each country works on their part of the program on their own.

Kazakhstan joined the Forum in 2010, and since then the republic has been actively involved in the forum’s work. Cooperation of the FNCA member countries is being carried out in such areas as radiation oncology, biofertilizers, mutational selection, nuclear safety, and the study of global climate change. According to experts, Kazakhstan is interested in promoting new methods in the field of nuclear medicine and production of various types of materials for agriculture.

ERLAN BATYRBEKOV, DIRECTOR GENERAL, NATIONAL NUCLEAR CENTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:

 - The main purpose of the Forum is to combine resources and knowledge in solving problems, namely in the field of technology, and nuclear science. At present, mankind is facing many challenges, in particular, climate change, and environmental pollution. Nuclear science can solve this problem. Next week we are holding a special seminar with the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency to share our knowledge, and technology for work we have done at the Semipalatinsk test site, so they could use this to solve their environmental problems.

According to experts, Kazakhstan intends to continue developing the peaceful use of atomic energy. The FNCA will enable Kazakhstan to obtain new approaches in the field of radiological safety and also use this knowledge to introduce advanced technologies.

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