Coordination Group on Radiation Protection of the Environment
Several international organizations, such as the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the International Union of Radioecologists (IUR) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are currently involved in the development of a system for environmental and more specifically biota, radiation protection. This challenging issue is also being actively elaborated by some IAEA Member States.
The IAEA has unique statutory responsibilities within the United Nations family for establishing standards of radiation safety, and by implication for environmental radiation protection, and for providing for the application of those standards. Based on the findings and recommendations of the Stockholm Conference, the IAEA has developed an international Plan of Activities on the Radiation Protection of the Environment, with the main focus on the possible form of future regulatory criteria, the application of biota effect data, and their relationship to discharge regulation.
The Plan approved by the IAEA’s Board of Governors in September 2005, includes various activities, i.e., coordination, information exchange and reviewing/revision of the IAEA’s Safety Standards regarding radiation protection of the environment. One of the activities is “…establishing a coordinating mechanism in order to facilitate coordination of work among international and regional organizations by reviewing their ongoing work on the protection of non-human species”.
As the first step of implementation of the Plan of Activities, in January 2006 the IAEA convened the Coordination Group on Radiation Protection of the Environment that approved its Terms of Reference as follows:
The Coordination Group should serve as a mechanism in order to facilitate the coordination of activities among international and regional organizations by reviewing their ongoing work related to the protection of non-human species and advise the IAEA in the implementation of the International Plan of Activities.
- Final report of the First Meeting (2006)
- Final Report of the Second Meeting (2007)
- Final Report of the Third Meeting (2008)
- Final Report of the Fourth Meeting (2010)
- Presentations and documents from the First Meeting
- Presentations and documents from the Second Meeting
- Presentations and documents from the Fourth Meeting
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