EFIMED receives top award for forest fire protection

On 24 November, EFI’s Mediterranean Regional Office - EFIMED received an important Spanish award in recognition of its outstanding work in forest fire protection. Each year, the Spanish non-governmental organization Asociación para la Promoción de Actividades Socioculturales (APAS) gives the "El Batefuegos de Oro" (Golden Fire Swatter) award to distinguished persons or organizations with outstanding merits in forest fire protection.

photo_apas.jpg : 47Kb This year, the jury chose EFIMED to receive its 2011 honour for its international work in fire-related issues. The award was given for the Living with Wildfires: What Science Can Tell Us publication which gave new knowledge to policy-makers, managers and practitioners, the MASIFF (Development of a Methodology for the Analysis of Socio-economic Impact of Forest Fires and Economic Efficiency of Fire Management) project and the numerous summer schools and grants EFIMED has funded with great impacts. This award has been previously given to the FAO, USDA Forest Service and Australian Forest Fire Protection Services.

This is a great honour for EFIMED, because it means that society, forest fire experts and technicians recognize the work of EFIMED in the field of forest fires. However, it also means an "obligation" that we need to continue in this manner and bring top scientific knowledge to the right addresses” said Robert Mavsar, Deputy Head of Unit, after receiving the award in Madrid.

Visual documentation of the Award cerimony (in Spanish): here

Video on the "El batefuegos de Oro" Award (in Spanish): portal

More information: marc.palahi(at)efi.int

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Photos: APAS

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