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The project’s objective is to create a scientific and technical basis in order to define which new practices and integrated management policies will ensure Europe’s ability to prevent and fight ...

The project’s objective is to create a scientific and technical basis in order to define which new practices and integrated management policies will ensure Europe’s ability to prevent and fight fires most effectively.

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    Fire Paradox - European Project Fire Paradox - European Project Presentation Transcript

      • Fire Paradox
      • An innovative and integrated approach to wildland fire management
      V ICFFR, Figueira da Foz, 28th November 2006 European Projects Session
      • 6 th Framework P rogramme for R & D
        • Priority thematic area: Mechanisms of desertification and natural disasters
          • Sub priority 6.3: Global change and ecosystems
      • Topic : Integrated forest fire management
      Framework
        • Integrated project: research / development / dissemination
      Duration: 48 months (March 2006 – February 2010)
      • Learning to live with fire
      • The fire paradox
        • a highly destructive disturbance
        • a powerful management tool
      Poor management Fire exclusion (Fire suppression) Fuel build-up High severity wildfire Frequency of extreme weather events Philosophy
    • The fire paradox Upper limit of fire suppression effectiveness Extreme Very High High Moderate Low Fire danger Pampilhosa da Serra, Portugal, 22 437 ha, August 2005 Vidauban I and II, France, 12 390 ha, July 2003
    • Solving the fire paradox Wildfire hazard reduction and the sustainable development of natural and managed ecosystems in Europe require:
      • fire use (prescribed burning and suppression fire) as a key fire management component
      • transfer of knowledge and technology
      The main goal of FIRE PARADOX to set the basis for new fire management policies and practices in Europe
    • A sequential and comprehensive approach Ignition Propagation Integrated fire management 4 integration axes Prescribed burning Suppression fire
    • Structure: the FIRE PARADOX matrix Research Development Dissemination Domains Specialities Physical mechanisms Module 2 Biological mechanisms Module 3 Social sciences & humanities Module 4 Risk assessment and mapping Module 5 Technological development Module 6 Policies & practices assessment Module 7 Real time fire monitoring and analysis of past fires Module 8 Demonstration of Prescribed Burning and Suppression Fire Module 9 Academic and professional trainings Module 10 Public awareness strategies Module 11 Decision support for policies Module 12 Prescribed Fire Wildfire Initiation Wildfire Propagation Suppression Fire Module 1 3 Integration for solving the fire paradox Module 1 Coordination
      • Research
        • Towards a physically-based 3D fire behaviour model
          • Interaction between fire fronts
        • Fuel modelling
        • Fire effects prediction by coupling physical and biological mechanisms
        • Social sciences & humanities
      Main activities (1/3)
      • Development
        • Technological and software developments on the various aspects of fire:
          • Fuel editor and fire effects visualisation system
          • European Fire Simulator
          • Hazard assessment tools
        • New technologies for producing fuel maps
        • European field bases for fire monitoring
      Main activities (2/3)
      • Dissemination and added value
        • Training on prescribed burning and suppression fire
        • Exchanges between professionals
        • Public awareness strategy analysis
        • Fire Paradox web site and newsletter
        • The Fire Paradox white book
      http://www.fireparadox.org Impact on policy making and initiatives related to integrated wildland fire management Main activities (3/3)
    • Consortium 31 partners in 13 countries, including:
      • Universities and forestry schools
      • Research institutes
      • Fire management agencies
      • International networks
      • Associations
      • SMEs
    • MAICh OMIKRON Ltd. AUTH UC3M INIA-CIFOR DGESC-GRAF UCM XG-CIFAL UL-UFF CTFC INRA UNIVEMED CEMAGREF EM MTDA ARBOPAVE-UNINA CFVA/RAS ISA-CEABN IST UTAD Consortium
    • ENFI EFI VTT FRI-FFPL SFI INRGREF WSL UNZ UBRIS UE-SGS UE-DIN GFMC Consortium
    • Fire Paradox TTC: INCO extension
      • Argentina
        • Centro de Investigación y Extensión Forestal Andino Patagónico ( CIEFAP ), Esquel
        • Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria ( INTA ), B uenos Aires
      • South Africa
        • Silva Forest Services CC (SFS), Sedgefield
      • Russia and Mongolia
        • Pacific Forest Forum ( PFF ), Khabarovsk
      Project extended to 4 countries in the frame of specific measures in support of International Cooperation (INCO)
      • Coord i n ation Team
      • ISA, Portugal INRA, France UTAD, Portugal MTDA, France
      • Executive board
      • ISA, Portugal
      • International Advisory Committee
      • 12 members
      • Local experts
      • Foresters and fire fighters
      • Cooperation with the whole European Fire Research Community
      Coordination and cooperation
      • European research
        • Increased cooperation
      • Forest and fire professionals
        • Increased integration
        • Wise use of fire
        • Enhanced exchanges
      • Citizens
        • Better awareness and preparation
        • Safer behaviour
      • Stakeholders
        • New view on the issue
        • Evolution of regulations and policies
      Fire Paradox expected benefits
    • Fire is unavoidable … but not necessarily a catastrophe Thank you !