Fire Management in Europe

Short position paper on Vegetation Fire Management in Europe

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Shared knowledge case: Fire Management in Europe

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This paper was originally developed already after the fire season 2009 (could have been published as well already in 2003 and 2007 fire seasons). After the fire season 2017, some 8 years later, it was revisited and we found it is still valid and applicable by the letter. Now, in the middle of the fire season 2018 we see fires across Central Europe, Northern Europe and fires in Greece that tragically killed 74 or more people. Still, valid to the point. 

Clearly the current fire suppression focus is not working, e.g. Athens fires now in 2018, 11 years after the disastrous fires in the Peloponnese region. It is high time that we saw Governments investing in sound land management practices that includes adequate fire management. Not just more aircraft.

The articles below (file manager)  are strongly influenced by own experiences and the exchange of expertise and knowledge with Western Australia, namely the BushFireFront. An excellent source of information that invites to do some "transfer thinking" to develop a wiser approach in fire management for Europe. The article is also based on the findings of the EU Fire Paradox project and others. I will also link a case study from Portugal that provides evidence to the effects of fuel load management.

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