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LIFE LANDSCAPE FIRE PROJECT - New methodologies for forest fire prevention

Reference: LIFE18 ENV/PT/000361 | Acronym: LIFE LANDSCAPE FIRE

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Major fires are a permanent reality in southern Europe. The problem in Iberia stems from depopulation of rural areas, homogenisation of the landscape and the emergence of highly fire-prone forests. This has led to bigger and more intense fires, and enabled the growth of invasive species. Portugal and Spain saw their worst ever year for forest fires in 2017, with respectively around 500 000 ha and 178 000 ha affected. The fires marked both an environmental and social tragedy, with a devastating loss of lives and forest.


OBJECTIVES

LIFE LANDSCAPE FIREs main objective is to develop an effective procedure for fire prevention in Viseu Do Lafes (Portugal) and in Sierra de Gata, Las Hurdes and Sierra de San Pedro (Spain). It will carry out a series of pilot actions, based on a methodology successfully implemented elsewhere (in Andalusia and Catalonia). This methodology combines prescribed fires and grazing techniques to reduce forest fuel, converting fire-prone forests into more resilient areas.

The project will contribute to a range of EU policy and legislation, including: the forest strategy; roadmap to a resource efficient Europe; circular economy action plan; thematic strategy for soil protection; biodiversity strategy; and the Habitats and Birds directives.


RESULTS

Expected results:

  • improved soil surface on 7 000 ha;
  • reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (almost 20 million tonnes/year of carbon dioxide and around 55 000 tonnes/year of methane);
  • 7 000 ha of land progressing towards improvement, restored or having favourable conservation status;
  • improved or secured status for threatened species, including: up to 50 plant species (300-350 spp.), 10 bee species (40-50 spp.), 20 spider species (100-120 spp.) and four earthworm species (12-16 spp.);
  • around 900 ha of grazed fire-breaks, reducing bare ground by 60%, leading to less soil erosion and compaction as well as a significant increase in soil organic carbon; and
  • reduction of 120/ha in the maintenance costs for fire-breaks.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE18 ENV/PT/000361
    Acronym: LIFE LANDSCAPE FIRE
    Start Date: 01/07/2019
    End Date: 30/06/2022
    Total Budget: 2,463,468 €
    EU Contribution: 1,307,328 €
    Project Location:
    Project Website: http://cimvdl.pt

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Comunidade Intermunicipal Viseu Do Lafes
    Legal Status: PAT
    Address: Rua Dr. Ricardo Mota, 16, 3460-613, Tondela,
    Contact Person: Luís Nuno Tenreiro Matoso Martinho
    Email: dmal@cimvdl.pt
    Tel: 351232812156
    Fax:


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Natural resources and ecosystems
    • Forests
    • Forest management
    • Soil and landscape protection

    KEYWORDS

    • forest ecosystem
    • forest fire
    • biodiversity
    • forestry
    • forest management
    • fire protection
    • fire service
    • climate resilience
    • damage prevention

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)
    • COM(2011)112 - "A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050" (08.03.2011)
    • COM(2006)231 - ?Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection? (22.09.2006)
    • COM(2013)659 - A new EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest-based sector (20.09.2013)
    • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992)
    • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
    • COM(2011) 244 final ?Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020? (03.05.2011)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    IPV(Instituto Politécnico de Viseu), Portugal Participant
    UEX(Universidad de Extremadura), Spain Participant
    MSSP(Mancomunidad Integral Sierra de San Pedro), Spain Participant
    JUNTAEX(DIRECCIÓN GENERAL DE MEDIO AMBIENTE; CONSEJERÍA DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y RURAL, POLITICAS AGRARIAS Y TERRITORIO; JUNTA DE EXTREMADURA), Spain Participant

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