Fire Paradox - European Project

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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 fires most effectively.

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Fire Paradox - European Project

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

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