“As we head towards the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to remember that natural ecosystems are essential for human health and well-being.”, Johan Robinson, head of UNEP’s GEF Biodiversity and Land Degradation Unit, adds: “COVID-19 has taught us that life on Earth is interconnected. Apart from displaced folks, the CEZ is constantly visited by tourists, stalkers, and independent researchers. Did You Know The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Is Now Teeming With Wildlife?
Save the planet. Amid the debris and disaster of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, butterflies, flowers and insects add a splash of colour. "[There must be] some kind of mechanism that plants already have inside them. The previous day I’d visited one of the reserve’s abandoned settlements, Droniki.
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone can only be visited with a guided tour group from Kyiv. The project is helping the Government of Ukraine to attain this know-how.”.
This encounter with numerous butterflies was surprising as a study in 2009 found that as radiation levels in the area increased the number of insects decreased.
The Plants And Animals of The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Ukraine turned its part of the zone into a tourist attraction several years ago – 50,000 people visited the nuclear reactor and ghost town of Pripyat last year, and it has even hosted a rave. The CEZ is relatively flat (approximately 100-200 m above sea level) and the Pripyat River, a main tributary of the Dnieper, runs through the zone for about 80 km.
The reserve was established on the territory of Belarus. It also aims to address Sustainable Development Goal 15, which calls on countries to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
By the mid-1990s, wolves were so plentiful they were becoming a nuisance to farmers.
'We've seen evidence of a diversity of wildlife in the CEZ through our previous research, but this is the first time that we've seen white-tailed eagles, American mink and river otter on our cameras.'. “Both reserves will allow natural forest to help cleanse contaminated land and waterways,” says Aliyev.
The spotting of the wolf raises questions about the risks of gene mutations present in animals affected by the disaster may travel. This phenomenon was clearly seen after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011, supporting the research fully.