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CoLAB ForestWISE promoted workshop on creating fire-resilient landscapes and communities

CoLAB ForestWISE, in collaboration with Instituto Superior de Agronomia, promoted the workshop “Shaping Future Fire-Resilient Landscapes and Communities in Portugal”, an initiative that aimed to share the innovations, challenges and significant advances achieved in 30 months of the FIRE-RES project.

The workshop was attended by several national experts and researchers from this European project, who discussed topics of interest, such as the current challenges in managing the resilience of extreme rural fires, the management of fire-resistant landscapes, success stories on fire resilience, the adoption of innovation for resilient landscapes and strategic risk communication to empower communities.

The initiative consisted of two panels, including a round table about the impact of projects funded by the European Union, particularly with regard to community involvement in pilot areas and Living Labs and their benefits.

The first panel was dedicated to FIRE-RES, namely its activities, results and the project’s achievements in the national Living Lab and the way forward. The national partners Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Centre for Forestry Studies, Centro de Ecologia Aplicada “Prof. Baeta Neves” (CEABN) and INESC TEC took part. The second panel focused on the importance of education and awareness programmes in building a culture of fire resilience and on synergies and collaborations, namely the role of EU projects in improving fire resilience. In order to do so, we heard the views of stakeholders from the FIRE-RES project, ResAlliance and RESIST.

The workshop, “Shaping Future Fire-Resilient Landscapes and Communities in Portugal”, was promoted as part of the programme of the XVIII International Seminars on the Overarching Issues of the European Area, which took place in Porto from 23 to 26 May 2024, at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto, and which enjoyed the High Patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and of the European Parliament, by President Roberta Metsola.

Access the workshop presentations:

»» Painel I
»» Painel II