Sep 24, 2016

EFI conducted a one-day training seminar entitled “Basic Vegetation Fire Management” for the Fire Service of Appenweier.

Sep 8, 2016

Wildfire Week in Barcelona, Spain, between the 31st January and the 3th February 2017

Apr 4, 2016

German news article

Mar 4, 2016

organised by INRA, Arcachon, France, 27-30 October 2015

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‘Thinking out of the box: facing the impacts of wildfires and their consequences at multiple scales’

Mar 26, 2014

Mediterranean-Russian Workshop: Building cooperation and collaboration

Twenty experts, scientists and policy makers from Russian and Mediterranean regions met in Barcelona on 20-21 March to discuss strategies and management approaches to address the increasing risk of forest fires.

Discussions centred around fire prevention and fire suppression as well as forest management, economics and forest policy considerations. It was discovered that Russia and European countries have a common understanding of the causes and drivers of fire risk, and synergies and similarities in addressing forest fires. They share a joint common language of fire fighting and possibilities for future cooperation.

The workshop included a unique possibility for practical communication and peer-to peer discussions in the forest, with multinational fire fighting experts. Participants saw how the use of prescribed burning to mitigate the risk of forest fires can be strategically planned and implemented with the agreement of forest owners and locals. They also visited a dispatch centre in Bellaterra, Catalonia, to meet with officials from the fire service and emergency responders.

During the workshop, the participants agreed that to address the increasing risk of forest fires in a sustainable way, we need to deal with the root causes of the problem. In most cases these causes lie outside the forest sector as they are related to agricultural practices and especially to the rapidly changing rural world, which lacks the economic drivers to maintain viable economic activities and a population that would manage the landscapes in a resilient and cost-effective way.

Discussions included representatives from France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the UK. The workshop was a practical example of collaboration and cooperation: connecting experts, actors and decision-makers from different European countries in informal settings to try to go to the root causes of problems and speed up the circulation of existing knowledge. The dialogue and cooperation on forest fires will continue via the start-up project for a European Forest Risk Facility (FRISK-GO).

Download the case study report here.