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Periodic Activity Report - FUTURAE (A future for radioecology in Europe)

Project ID: 36453


This is the periodic report of the FUTURAE project funded under the European Commission (EC)'s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). Taking advantage of the work performed in the previous deliverables (D1, D2 and D3), the present report was able to identify that there is a necessity to maintain and enhance radioecology competence in Europe. During the last decades, research in the field of radioecology has led to a widely recognised expertise in Europe. There are clear signs that key elements of this expertise are now declining, although requirements for it remain. In particular, it is of prime importance to maintain a high level of expertise in the field of the assessment of the impact of radioactivity on man and the environment to be able:

(1) to provide an appropriate response in terms of assessment and management of an accidental situation; and
2) to reliably assess the impact of authorised discharges from nuclear facilities.

Moreover, as the perception of the public concerning the impact of human activities on the environment and health is evolving, more dialogue with the public and stakeholders is needed which requires high quality scientific input. Globally, due to the current renewal of interest in nuclear power, it can be expected that within a decade there will be a growing worldwide need for radioecological expertise. Maintaining a high level of expertise would improve the competitiveness in the field of nuclear industry and support the potential to export European radioecological knowledge.

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