07 August 2020
During the 70th session of the ISTC Governing Board that was held in July 2020, a decision to allocate funding for implementation of two project proposals submitted by National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has been made (http://www.istc.int/ru/article/24758).
The first project “Studying Climatic Changes and Contamination of Soil Cover in Kazakhstan Forest Ecosystems” with the implementation duration of 24 months is devoted to studying the issues of climate change. The results of study of Kazakhstan environmental climatic changes and degree of the impact of human made activity on these changes through study of radiocarbon behavior change in environment will be reflected. These studies are necessary to carry the forecast of Kazakhstan climate change in order to develop a strategy for timely response, and also human and environment adaptation to these changes.
The second project “Mobility and bioavailability of artificial radionuclides” with the implementation duration of 36 months is aimed to study the speciation of radioactive elements in nuclear explosion sites and to determine their biological availability and mobility in geosystems. The obtained results will be used to carry out the forecast assessment of radiation situation development in areas suffered from NPP radiation accidents and incidents at various radiation hazardous objects to reduce the radiation risk of human and environment.
For information. The International Scientific and Technical Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization that establishes business relations between scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia with their colleagues from research centers of the EU, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, the USA and other countries. ISTC promotes to implementation of international scientific projects and also helps the global scientific and business community to find and engage the institutions of participating countries having unique scientific know-how to carry out joint development and advanced interdisciplinary research. Most of ISTC's resources are aimed at applying science and technology to the challenging legacy of the past, especially to maintaining the existing scientific capacity of institutions and researchers during the severe economic crises.
Over the past decade, Kazakhstan has significantly advanced its scientific potential and has taken one of the leading roles in the development of a large number of ISTC initiative projects. This is the cooperation in the fields of seismology, nuclear forensics, reducing the degree of radioactive source risk, strengthening capability for ensuring nuclear non-proliferation, security and safety, and others.