Belarus is implementing 119 projects worth around EUR 8.3 million within the framework of the Co-operation for Rehabilitation (CORE) program, Emergency Minister Enver Bariyev reported during a workshop on post-Chernobyl co-operation on Tuesday.
Representatives of the UNDP, the European Partner Committee and other international organisations, as well as the relevant Belarusian agencies take part in the workshop. The minister stressed, that Belarus places particular emphasis on international co-operation in this sphere and strives to become a full-fledged partner.
According to the minister, over the past two decades Belarus has invested over $15 billion in liquidation of the consequences of Chernobyl disaster. The projects implemented over that period include organisation of regular gas supplies to the affected areas, implementation of new agricultural technologies, construction of a pharmaceuticals plant in Skidel, a radiation medicine center in Gomel, etc. Many projects focus on social protection of people affected by the tragedy and improvement of children's health.
The minister reminded, that the Chernobyl catastrophe cost Belarus around $235 billion, according to expert estimations. The population of the radiation polluted regions is 1.3 million people.