Third campaign of the Environmental Monitoring Program with the Public Participation for 2015

November 03, 2015

The participatory environmental monitoring program was successfully organized 3 times in 2015. This time the program changed its routine and involved 18 school children of 9A grade and 5 teachers from the Ulaanbadrakh sum school of Dornogobi aimag.

The campaign aimed to increase the participation of junior rangers in the environmental protection and monitoring and to provide the sound and scientifically based information about the company’s actions.
The program of October 25, 2015 was as follows:

- Safety induction
- Greetings, introduction of PEMP
- Activities of the company, presentation about radioactivity
- Visit of the exploration camp
- Interactive games, questions and answers
- Induction on PEMP
- Visiting the sampling points, taking samples

Among presentations made by the company’s specialists the one called “What is uranium, its benefits and disad-vantages” made by B. Batmanlai, environment and radioprotection specialist, was conducted as a free discussion. The general public is usually very interested in this topic, but they do not have accurate knowledge about it. The discussion allowed the participants to express themselves freely. That is why this presentation was easy to under-stand and interesting for schoolchildren.

On site, the sampling was made on monitoring points and the participants were told about the methodology of the program which aims to define the natural and human factors on water. Children participated in the sampling, prepa-ration and tagging of the samples to be sent to the laboratories.

The school children were very thankful and they highly appreciated being involved in the program. They decorated AREVA Tree with leaves saying their thanks and gave our colleagues the gift made by them and wished success to our work.

The participatory environmental monitoring program was initiated by AREVA Mongol to make the monitoring work on environmental issues open and transparent to the local authorities and population. It was successfully imple-mented in 2013 and 2014. It has been also done with great success 3 times in 2015.