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Conclusions and future perspective

JAEA demonstration projects have provided a knowledge base including:

  •  experience and tools for planning, coordinating and implementing efficient, safe and cost-effective remediation programmes,
  •  an evaluation of the applicability of existing and newly-developed clean-up technology, with an assessment of the pros and cons of different approaches, and
  •  guidelines for tailoring of projects to the conditions found in different sites.

Practical experience has shown that stakeholder involvement in implementation of clean-up activities is essential. Materials for explaining remediation to stakeholders and providing the basis for establishing dialogue with them have been developed. Nevertheless, focused efforts are needed to ensure that stakeholders are kept fully informed and encouraged to “buy-into” the work by directly participating in dialogue leading to decision making. During future remediation, the experience gained can be used to constantly update the clean-up knowledge base with the intent of continuous improvement of methodology and toolkits. An advanced communication platform can facilitate information exchange between all those involved and, in particular, encourage dialogue with local communities and their involvement in decision-making.

Waste management will be a special focus for research and development to support optimisation in terms of both volume reduction and easing/increasing the safety of temporary storage, interim storage and eventual final disposal. The regional work will allow displaced populations to return home to normal lifestyles as quickly as possible and provide the knowledge and experience needed for later decontamination of the Fukushima Dai-ichi site.