34 Years after the Chernobyl Disaster

Challenges and Prospects for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

May 20, 2020

Webinar: Took place on April 27, 2020

Thirty-four years after the accident and subsequent meltdown of the reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (formerly the Soviet Union), wildfires engulfed the areas in and near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the 19-mile-wide uninhabited zone surrounding the plant. On May 27, CNS Senior Program Manager Margarita Kalinina-Pohl led a webinar examining the challenges facing the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, how it is currently managed by authorities in Ukraine, and prospects for its revitalization. It also included findings of the recent CNS report, Assessing Fire Damage in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.


  • Jean duPreez (Moderator)
    Senior Program Manager for Education and Training
    James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
  • Michael Duitsman,
    CNS Research Associate
  • Fabian Hinz,
    CNS Research Associate
  • Kateryna Pavlova
    Acting Head
    State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management
  • Anastasiia Nechytailo
    CNS Visiting Fellow
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