United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation


Project Number:00069408
Project Title:Human Security for Individuals and Communities in Chernobyl-Affected Areas through Local Information Provision (International Chernobyl Research and Information Network - ICRIN)
Budget and Source of Funds:USD 332,063.00 (financing: United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security)
Starting Date and Duration:September 2009 - April 2012
Project Site:Tula, Bryansk, Orel and Kaluga regions of the Russian Federation
Executing Agency:United Nations Development Programme
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00069408 - Human Security for Individuals and Communities in Chernobyl-Affected Areas through Local Information Provision (International Chernobyl Research and Information Network - ICRIN)

Project description:
The Chernobyl/ICRIN project will focus on meeting the priority information needs of the affected communities through the introduction of a sustainable response mechanism that will link the information needs (in health, environment and socio-economic spheres) of Chernobyl-affected populations with corresponding internationally-recognized, objective scientific knowledge, adapted to be understandable to information consumers. Improved access to information will help people live safely and productively in the affected territories and enable them to take action to implement community-driven recovery initiatives that will tackle their priority needs and directly improve the level of their human security. The effectiveness of this initiative will be ensured by a monitoring system to be created in the areas of the projects operations.
Objectives:
The overall goal of the project is to empower and build developmental capacity of individuals and communities affected by the Chernobyl accident by providing them with the health, socio-economic, environmental and radiological safety information they require in order to make well-informed decisions about their future, increase human security levels of their settlements and to contribute to the long-term sustainable development and prosperity of their homelands.
Activity result: Reliable and practical information prepared in response to self-expressed needs of the Chernobyl-affected population.
The identified information needs of people living in Chernobyl-contaminated areas will be matched with available scientific data. The most up-to-date data will be collected, processed, and effective means of dissemination will be adopted. The scientific information will be transformed into practical and user-friendly recommendations in clear language, reproduced and disseminated in cooperation with other on-going Chernobyl-related projects.
Activity result: Human Security monitoring system established
The introduced monitoring system will identify positive trends and changes in peoples perceptions and behavioral patterns, particularly as result of information campaigns and/or point out the areas where the population is not acting on recommendations. In that case, recommendations will be provided on what should be changed to raise the levels of human security in Chernobyl-affected communities.
Activity result: Information on healthy lifestyles delivered through locally-based information and education initiatives
Residents of the contaminated areas require practical information on how to live healthier, more secure and prosperous lives. A community-based information dissemination campaign will build capacity of individuals, key institutions and local actors to lead local education and training initiatives, to promote awareness on healthy lifestyles, and to facilitate sustainable local development.
Activity result: ICT access points established
6 ICT access points will be established to provide rural residents of Chernobyl-affected areas with access to information resources encourage initiatives and build their capacity in exploiting internet-based information and education resources.
Activity result: Trainings for media representatives and journalists on the levels of radiation, exposure risks and socio-economic development of Chernobyl-affected areas.
A series of trainings/workshops for media representatives and journalists from three countries (Belarus, Russia and Ukraine) will help launching a public awareness campaign on Chernobyl-related issues and to promote healthier and safer living in contaminated areas. These activities will lead to reduced skepticism of local people and their improved adaptation to Chernobyl-affected environment.
Activity result: Community-driven safer-living initiatives
Information provision and improved access to information will help women, men and youth the Russian Federation living on Chernobyl-affected territories to make choices of how to live safe and productive lives in their communities. They will act upon the new knowledge and information by implementing in partnership with local stakeholders community-driven small-scale priority projects to promote health, ecological and socio-economic recovery of their communities.
Additional information: The activities in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine are identical, and the allocated budgets for the three countries are equal.

Information updated: 2012-09-07 16:30:40

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