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Forest fires: changes implemented in Portugal after the tragic fires of 2017 under analysis at the University of Coimbra

Scientists and officials from various organizations involved in preventing and fighting fires will analyze, next Wednesday, March 16, the changes implemented in our country in the aftermath of the tragic fires that occurred in 2017.

The initiative, which will take place between 9 am and 12 pm, Lisbon time, in webinar format, is promoted within the scope of the research project “FirEUrisk” (Developing A Holistic, Risk-Wise Strategy For European Wildfire Management, www. fireurisk.eu), coordinated by the Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (ADAI), of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC).

“FirEUrisk”, which has 10 million euros of funding from the European Union (EU), brings together 39 partners from around the world, namely, in addition to Portugal, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Spain, United States of America, France, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Israel, Italy, United Kingdom, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine. The project covers all types of wildfires, with a particular focus on mega-fires, the urban-forest interface and the challenges of emerging wildfires in the northern EU.

«After the violent fires of 2107 that caused 116 fatalities in Portugal, the country reacted by proposing an extensive set of reforms, such as the creation of a coordinating agency, changes in several government agencies, detailed definition of the role of the various actors, including citizens , and the launch of an operational program to better prepare the country for future events», explain the promoters of the seminar.

Thus, the event aims to promote «a reflection on the case of Portugal, understand the philosophy of the proposed changes, their implementation and make an assessment of their effectiveness, five years after the fires of 2017», they say.

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