Ruins of Chernobyl may soon receive UNESCO World Heritage status

This year marks 34 years of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and 20 years since the complete closure of the station. In this regard, the statement of Maxim Polivko, a guide who leads groups of tourists to the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and who proposed giving it the status of ... UNESCO World Heritage deserves attention.

The fact is that after the release of the series "Chernobyl" (produced in the USA and Great Britain, 2019), interest in the site of this most large-scale man-made disaster of the twentieth century has significantly increased. Last year it was attended by 124, 000 people, the vast majority of whom - 100, 000 - were foreigners.

In addition, about 100 indigenous people, mostly elderly residents, still live there permanently. Despite the high level of radiation, scientists note the revival of fauna and flora in this region. Elk, deer and many other species of animals and plants that have successfully adapted to the extreme conditions of radioactive contamination live and breed here.

The proposal of Maxim Polivko was supported by the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko. According to him, the influx of foreign tourists is another evidence of the importance of Chernobyl, as a reminder "not only for the inhabitants of Ukraine, but for all of humanity, " and the UNESCO status can contribute to the development of the exclusion zone as a memorial.

By March, the country's government intends to offer several objects of the zone for visiting.