On September 2, 2013, Sergiy Zibtsev was awarded the Green Star Award for his activities relative to fires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
From Left: Green Stars Dr. Sergiy Zibtsev (Ukraine), Dr. Nikola Nikolov (Macedonia) and Sundar Sharma (Nepal) together with Dr. Johann G. Goldammer (GFMC)
Green Star Statement (in part): “During the last 20 years of his professional career, Sergiy Zibtsev, professor at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, devoted his efforts for preventing wildfires of catastrophic dimensions in forests contaminated by radioactivity, as a consequence of the failure of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. He assessed the effects of a worst-case scenario of a wildfire burning in contaminated terrain and mobilized political awareness to take appropriate action. Scientific studies carried out by an international group of prominent scientists, coordinated by Dr. Sergiy Zibtsev, proved that a high radioactive wildfire hazard exists in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.”