PHOENIX – Fire ecology and post-fire management

Coordinated byCentro de Ecologia Aplicada Prof. Baeta Neves, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisbon, Portugal.

Started in January 2005.


The main objective of the Project Centre is to develop decision criteria for preventive post-fire forest management. PHOENIX has the following specific objectives:

  • to develop a sound database gathering state-of-the-art existing scientific knowledge concerning the fire characteristics of the different forest types and respective species
    to develop a set of criteria which can be used to classify forest types in terms of the associated fire hazard and resilience;
  • to define the potential and limitation of the various post-fire management options;
  • to help developing the transfer mechanisms needed between research and its application by end-users in this specific issue.


The above stated objectives will be achieved and/or materialised by making use of different dissemination means. The expected main benefits are as follows:

  • to provide a scientific basis for post-fire management options that allow adequate decisions by land managers
  • to provide an effective use of the acquired knowledge
  • to define priorities for research on post-fire management
  • to harmonise research efforts envisaging the development of common criteria for post-fire management decisions.

In a longer term the Project Centre aims to provide the necessary conditions for the establishment of less combustible and more resilient forests, therefore contributing to diminish the dimensions of the annual catastrophe that forest fires represent in several European countries.


  • Centro de Ecologia Aplicada Prof. Baeta Neves, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisbon, Portugal (Co-ordinator)
  • Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
  • Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Institut National de la Recherce Agronomique, Unité de Recherches Forestières Méditerranéennes, Equipe de Prévention des Incendies de Foret, France
  • Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterraneo (CEAM), Spain
  • CEMAGREF, France
  • Association Internationale Foret Méditerranéennes (AIFM)
  • University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Università di Napoli Federico II (UNINA), Italy
  • University of Tuscia, Italy
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Dr. Francisco Moreira
Centro de Ecologia Aplicada Prof. Baeta Neves, Instituto Superior de Agronomia (CEABN/IS)
Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal
E-mail: fmoreira(at)
Phone: +351-21 3616080
Fax: +351-21-3623493