The ruins of Chernobyl may be protected by UNESCO. A city affected by an accident at a nuclear power plant can receive World Heritage status. That incident happened in April 1986. Today, in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, where life has stood still after the accident, the experts, using special equipment, measure the state of the air and the level of radioactive danger.
Decades after an emergency that forced thousands of people to evacuate, there is now an influx of tourists to the region. It is the one that encourages officials to seek official status from the UNESCO.
According to the amateur guide Maksim Polivko, the Chernobyl zone already has the unofficial status of a famous landmark, but without an official status. In this place, the wildlife dominates the abandoned multi-storey residential buildings of the Soviet period, over shops and office buildings. The area can be included in the UNESCO heritage list and become the same attraction as the Taj Mahal in India or Stonehenge in England.
If the UN cultural agency recognizes the status, then the Chernobyl site will become a tourist attraction and support dilapidated buildings in that region. As a result of the explosion at the nuclear power plant, the exclusion zone was an area comparable to Luxembourg.
The scientists believe that living there is unsafe for at least another 24 thousand years. But the territory has become a refuge for wildlife, many species of plants and animals feel great there, some of them were previously recognized as endangered and disappearing.
Despite all the consequences of the disaster and warning of danger. Now, about a hundred elderly people live in this area. They live illegally, but no one has the right to evict them.
The proposal to create a heritage zone was also supported by the officials of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. Last year, according to unofficial data, about 124 thousand tourists visited the exclusion zone, and about 100 thousand of them were foreigners.