Wildfire experts met in Barcelona to discuss added value of a European Forest Risk Facility

A dynamic and active wildfire community with representatives from Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom came together to address the role of fire in forest and landscape management. Especially the needs were discussed on how to reduce the impacts of disturbances by absorbing forest risk into forest and land management. Such reduction would allow for more resilient forest landscapes, enhancing their adaptive capacity, deviating expenses for fire fighting to mitigation through management. This was seen especially in the light of a probable increase of disturbances and their interaction in the context of climate change.

It was pointed out by the participants that closer cooperation, communication and the exchange of experiences of different actors with emphasis on fire risk mitigation is needed and that a European Forest Risk Facility could be a neutral tool and platform to serve such needs. A facility could act as a catalyst to help to create trust within and between different disturbance communities as well as with other sectors and the public. It could allow for more continuation than that of timely limited projects. At the same time a facility was seen as organised along simple structures rather than targeting a new institution. The potential set-up of a facility is also part of the project activities and will collect the views of the different disturbance communities.

The next workshop addressing pests and diseases will be held in Arcachon, France on 2-3 June 2014.

You can find the presentations made during the forest fire workshop here.

Photo: Frank Krumm/EFI

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