Landscape Fire crisis mitigation

 

Objectives
  • Analyze drivers and underlying causes of increasing wildfire severity and vulnerability of European landscapes and societies
  • Exchange views across sectors, responsibilities and borders
  • Analyze gaps in the tools for landscape fire disaster-risk reduction
  • Define and prioritize future R&D efforts

 

Main areas of focus

Fires affecting natural landscapes (natural forests, bush/shrub land, range lands, peat lands), cultural landscapes (industrial plantation forests, open land ecosystems such as anthropogenic grasslands / pasture lands, other agricultural lands), protected areas and urban-industrial landscapes.

The required expertise to reduce wildfire-hazard and wildfire disaster-risk needs to be derived from many scientific disciplines, sectoral institutional knowledge and the known or unknown needs and requirements of affected civil society and meet rather diverse challenges:

  • Fire prevention (reduced human-caused ignitions)
  • Wildfire-hazard reduction (fuel reduction)
  • Fire-use in ecosystem management (use of prescribed fire for conservation / biodiversity management and wildfire-hazard reduction) and for wildfire suppression (suppression firing)
  • Public policies to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of the environment and society, notably human health and security risks (e.g. through smoke pollution, high-risk residential areas, critical infrastructure, communications etc.)
  • Inclusion and empowerment of civil society in wildfire prevention, safe fire-use and self-defense against wildfires
  • Innovative development of methods and technologies for suppression of wildfires
  • Specialized training and equipment of F&R services
  • Cooperation and interoperability between landscape fire management, structural and HAZMAT fire management for wildfires at the interface between vegetated lands, rural residential and peri-urban areas
  • Fire management on dangerous / high-threat terrain (vegetation contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO], chemical / waste deposits or radioactivity)
  • Management of multiple simultaneous wildfire events and extreme wildfire crises
  • Cross-boundary / international cooperation in fire management through guidelines, rules and protocols aimed at enhancing coordination, interoperability, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of managing multinational cooperation in wildfire emergencies

Useful link: LESSONS ON FIRE is a user-friendly digital platform dedicated to wildfires:  https://lessonsonfire.eu 

 

Download the "Policy Brief Landscape Fires Crisis Mitigation" produced by the TWG leaders, in coordination with other partners and associated experts 

 

 

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