Implementation of Collaborative Strategies for Integrated Forest and Fire Management

rePLANT is a unique collaborative project made in Portugal operated by ForestWISE. This project was presented on march 23 and has the following objectives:

  • To add value Portuguese forests using new technologies and strategies that enable integrated forest and fire management;
  • Develop new products, processes and services introducing innovation and contributing to the reduction of fire risk, with positive impacts in the whole value chain, inclusive service providers and forest producers;
  • Increase internationalization and competitiveness in the forest companies creating job opportunities.

RePLANT is a collaborative project that gets together 20 institutions: ForestWISE, The Navigator Company, REN, Sonae Arauco, Altri Florestal, Amorim Florestal, DS Smith, EDP Distribuição, the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, the University of Coimbra, The Agronomy Institute from University of Lisbon, Whereness, EDP Labelec, Trigger Systems, Frazivel, Tesselo, Florecha, the National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research IP, the School of Engineering from the University of Oporto and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.

The project is co-financed by the Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Program from Lisbon’s Regional and Operational Program, by Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

The scope of the rePLANt consortium and the focus on solving factual problems, based on the ForestWISE R&D&I Agenda, are key aspects to enhance the great impact of the results that the project expects to achieve.

Click here to see rePLANt’s datasheet

rePLANt’s team work: Jorge Cunha, Alexandra Marques, Abílio Pereira Pacheco and Paulo Fernandes

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Pilot project on analysis products, using LiDAR, for territory, forest and rural fires management

áGiL, financed by ICNF through the Permanent Forest Fund, is a pilot project whose results will inform the first national LiDAR coverage. The project started in April and its first phase (LiDAR flight and inventory) has been completed. The pilot focuses on seven target locations, covering about 45 thousand hectares (from Monsanto to Vila Pouca de Aguiar) with LiDAR sweeping densities of 5 and 10 points/m2.

The áGiL project assesses fuel hazard in detail, namely through fuel model classification and quantification of metrics depicting crown fire potential. The ability to assess in an integrated manner the values at risk (biomass, wood volume, carbon storage, built infrastructure) will also be tested. As a result, a number of fire risk related features will be mapped, as a direct or indirect outcome, namely buildings and infrastructure at risk, fuel treatment priorities, exposure to wildfire, potential fire intensity, and ignition probability.

The results of áGiL will provide the fundamentals for the informed management of economic and non-economic assets and wildfire risk (particularly in forest areas and in the rural-urban interface) for use in decision support systems (DSS).

DSS are essential to implement sustainable forest planning and management, e.g. from the use of biomass for energy to integrated fire management and its various activities (fuel management, pre-suppression, suppression, post-fire recovery), and the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of forests, which closes the cycle, as it promotes the decrease of fuel accumulation contributing to wildfire mitigation.

With áGiL, the CoLAB will provide a substantial contribution to integrated forest and fire management, providing the required empirical basis for implementing policies that promote biomass usage and fire hazard mitigation – a fundamental goal for forest sustainability.

Data about the first LiDAR coverage can be consulted here.

áGiL.TerFoRus team work: Abílio Pereira Pacheco, Isabel Pôças, João Torres, Jorge Cunha, Paulo Fernandes, Raquel Paiva, Sandra Valente and Virgínia Rocha

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