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Risk of Forest Fires to Increase Threefold

By Eric Van Rees - 29th September 2022 - 08:46

This wildfire season has been one of the worst since the turn of the century: blazes swept through 660,000 hectares in Europe, more than 298,000 of which were in Spain alone, according to data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS).

Concerned by these figures and EFFIS’s warning that forest fire risk is set to triple, the European Union decided to act by launching the FirEUrisk project in April last year. This project is being carried out under the Horizon 2020 Framework program and aims to deliver a science-based strategy for preventing and fighting forest fires in Europe. The Portuguese Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (ADAI) is leading a multidisciplinary consortium of 38 institutions from 18 countries in which multinational tech company GMV is playing a key role.

The project seeks to bolster forest fire management by developing effective solutions and services and generating knowledge to tackle the challenges linked to current European forest fire conditions and those predicted for the coming decades. The main goal of FirEUrisk is to develop a scientific strategy that will prepare ecosystems and society to manage future fires, taking into account differences across Europe in terms of response capacity, operational experience, equipment, and so on.

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