Forest Fires risk reduction: towards an integrated fire management approach in the E.U.. (FireEUrisk)
FirEUrisk will develop and evaluate a novel 3-stage management strategy that will update the current approaches to fight wildfires. This plan of action is risk-centred and will cover every relevant aspect of this issue while also considering the environmental context and socioeconomic circumstances.
1. Fire risk assessment. Analysing the resilience of communities. In this stage, new methods to evaluate fire susceptibility will be proposed. These approaches will take into account the main pillars within this issue: nature and people.
2. Fire risk reduction. Addressing the political and economic causes. The strengths and weakness of current fire guidelines and management strategies to offer improved alternatives to tackle the social drivers behind extreme wildfires will be analysed.
3. Fire risk adaptation. New conditions, new strategies. Future climate and demographic scenarios will be modelled.
FirEUrisk aims to improve wildfires risk assessment in Europe. A science-based strategy will be developed and will include new tools for assessing the danger and vulnerabilities of communities and landscapes, reducing their wildfire risks and adapting them for a resilient future.
UCO is one of the 38 partners of the Consortium. UCO team is made up of researchers that develop their work in fire economic impact assessment with SEVEIF algorithms and fire danger assessment through the use of the Suppression Difficulty Index. UCO tests the results and validate the new methodologies in its Demonstration Area of Sierra Morena.
D1.6: On-line methodological handbook for socio-economic assessment of fire impacts/damages
The project aims to develop a holistic approach to wildfire management that integrates prevention, mitigation, response and recovery plans and measures, which are currently unlinked and operationally fragmented between the various public organisations involved in the respective stages, into a unified and cooperative strategic plan. This will have a significant impact on wildfire management policy, by promoting a shift from suppression-oriented management to an integrated and risk-based fire management model. The cornerstone of such integration will be related to the use of the risk concept as driver of fire management, the introduction of citizen and society's role in the management of wildfire risk, and the impact of global change, as an aggregation of expected changes in regional climate, landscape and societal development. The impact will be significant in improving the coordination between all actors involved, since FirEUrisk will deliver an innovative universal framework that will combine the tasks and roles of the various stakeholders in a unified way, focussed on reducing risk at every stage of the fire management cycle.
Code PAIDI: AGR-221
Juan Ramón Molina Martínez . Partner.
Universidad de Córdoba
Budget of Andalusian group: € 180,000.00