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1 EU-FIRESMART Forest and land management options to prevent unwanted forest fires http://www.firesmart-project.eu/ EU-FIRESMART Forest and land management options to prevent unwanted forest fires A. Sebastián-López, C. Hernando Lara, R. Planelles, A. Buffoni, C. Boström, R. Alves, M. Jappiot, J. San Miguel Ayanz

2 EU-FIRESMART FP7 Support Action  7th Framework Programme project  Topic/Area: Forest and Land Management Options to Prevent Unwanted Forest Fires /Integrated Forest Research  Financed by the European Commission  FP7 Grant Agreement Nº 243840  Budget: 920.000 €  Duration: Feb 2010- Feb 2012 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 2

3 EU-FIRESMART CONSORTIUM 8 PARTNERS:  3 private companies  2 national research centres  1 European research centre  1 national and 1 European federation of forest owners  Project coordinator: GMV 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 3

4 EU-FIRESMART The context 1/4 Changing trends Forest economies not profitable Forest abandonment Forest lands: de-populated Forest and shrubs biomass: gone wild 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 4 Mediterranean forests

5 EU-FIRESMART The context 2/4 Changing trends New settlements fashion Buildings in forested areas Social and Economic problem 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 5 Counter problem

6 EU-FIRESMART The context 3/4 Focus: PREVENTION Problem: Disperse and fragmented knowledge about current practices 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 6

7 EU-FIRESMART The context 4/4 Disperse and fragmented knowledge about current practices 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 7

8 EU-FIRESMART OBJECTIVES Identify current forest fire prevention practices Identify obstacles that hinder current prevention procedures Assess options to turn fire prevention obstacles into integrated forest management opportunities Derive recommendations and practical guidelines for silvicultural stakeholders and EU policy makers Rising fire prevention awareness as part of forest management plans 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 8 Integrated forest management plans

9 EU-FIRESMART Prevention topics 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 9 Agroforestry and grazing Awareness and training Fire causes and fire risk Institutional aspects Legislative aspects Preventive silviculture Socio- economic aspects Wildland- urban interfaces...

10 FIRESMART fire prevention practice Database Dynamic instrument: continuously updated by users Two kind of users: passive readers vs active DB feeders Four local areas (privileged source of information): Pinhal Interior Norte region Autonomous Region of Valencia Bouches-du-Rhône Cagliari Province, Sardinia Post project maintenance of the DB EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 1/8 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 10

11 Technological (624 quotations) Scientific (439 quotations) EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 2/8 FIRESMART fire prevention practices Database 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 11 …and some more from USA, Canada, Australia, Russia, Israel and South Africa

12 EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 3/8 FIRESMART fire prevention practices Database 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 12

13 SWOT analysis: - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats -Scientific and technological documents Focus on: EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 4/8 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 13 Agroforestry and grazing as preventive fire measures Awareness rising and training for fire prevention Fire causes and fire risk Institutional aspects in support of forest fire prevention Legislative aspects of forest fire prevention Preventive silviculture Socioeconomic aspects of forest fire prevention Fire prevention in the wildland urban interface Legislation Institutional Socio-economic

14 SWOT analysis EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 5/8 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 14 Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

15 STAKEHOLDERS QUESTIONNAIRES: Objective: obtaining information about forest management practices Target: managers & researchers Methods: four blocks, each tackling a series of obstacles for fire prevention EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 6/8 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 15 Map of European countries with respondents to the FIRESMART questionnaires 1854 questionnaires sent 460 460 completed (25%) Obstacles related to policies, legal factors, competencies and responsibilities, problems with administrative coordination Obstacles related to public awareness, educational campaigns, conflicts of interests and research of fire causes Obstacles related to technical factors, lack of scientific knowledge and personnel training Obstacles related to economic, social and environmental aspects

16 STAKEHOLDERS QUESTIONNAIRES: Some results. EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 7/8 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 16 Strongly Disagree No strong feelings AgreeStrongly agree OK Strongly Disagree No strong feelings AgreeStrongly agree Why? How?

17 EU-FIRESMART CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS 8/8 FIRESMART Web page: http://www.firesmart-project.eu/ 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 17

18 EU-FIRESMART EXPECTED IMPACT 1/2 Identification of research lines in fire prevention Scientific community: access to different type of documentation Specific results in 4 pilot areas Fire Managers: possibility to compare different approaches Recommendations and practical advise Forest owners and other rural agents: practical information to implement forest fire prevention strategies Reinforce the idea of prevention General Public: improve the understanding of “sustainable forest management” 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 18

19 EU-FIRESMART EXPECTED IMPACT 2/2 Technical workshops 28/04/2011: Smart forest fire prevention in Europe, Madrid, Spain School of Forestry Engineering Auditorium Objective: gather various forest stakeholder to focus on fire prevention –October 2011: conference in Bruxelles ; Objective: providing recommendations to the EU forest policy makers (CEFP) –February 2012: conference at European Union JRC Objective: providing scientific, technological, social and administrative results 10/05/2011, Sun City-South Africa 19

20 http://www.firesmart-project.eu/ firesmart@gmv.es Thank you for the attention! Donata Pedrazzani - GMV SA, on behalf of FIRESMART Consortium


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