Wildfires in Europe


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Due to climate change, large or even extreme wildfires are becoming an increasingly serious threat in many regions of Europe. Forest and rural fires used to be mostly limited to Southern Europe, but global warming makes them more and more likely to happen in other regions as well. How prepared are the different regions and countries in dealing with wildfires? What practices increase or reduce fire risk? How can communities and the environment recover from a large wildfire?
EDJNet is exploring these and other angles of the phenomenon, relying both on data-driven analyses and on other journalistic approaches, including reporting from the field.


The project


EDJNet’s investigation on wildfires in Europe mostly takes place in the framework of the FIRE-RES project. FIRE-RES stands for ‘Innovative technologies and socio-ecological-economic solutions for fire resilient territories in Europe’: it is a multi-annual Horizon2020 project co-funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia. The project aims to develop and disseminate effective solutions to prevent and manage extreme fires. FIRE-RES provides financial support as well as technical advice to EDJNet members; OBC Transeuropa acts as a bridge between the project and the network.

EDJNet members which take part in this investigation: