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FirESmart: Nature-based solutions for preventive fire management and sustained supply of ecosystem services

FirESmart: Nature-based solutions for preventive fire management and sustained supply of ecosystem services

The impact of extreme fire events is expected to increase in the near future across Southern Europe landscapes due to increasing effects of global climate change and regional land-abandonment and large-scale reforestation programs. Current fire management policies are mostly focused on suppression and ignore land management issues, which may paradoxically accelerate the transition to more flammable and fire-prone landscapes. FirESmart aims to reduce fire damage while ensuring biodiversity conservation and the delivery of ecosystem services, by integrating both ecological and socio-economic dimensions of the wildfire problem under a socio-ecological narrative and framework.
Concretely, the project will intend to answer the following two questions:
1) Will fire-smart landscape management reduce fire damage in the future under any combination of climate change and fire-suppression scenarios?
2) Is fire-smart landscape management compatible with biodiversity conservation and the supply of ecosystem services, and thus, with viable and societally valued rural economies?
FirESmart will fundamentally aim to improve the scientific knowledge on how management scenarios can be used to connect socio-economic and ecological systems and to better inform policy-makers and local stakeholders on fire and land-use management in fire-prone systems largely affected by rural depopulation. Also, it will have practical relevance in terms of testing fire-smart management measures inspired/supported by nature, compatible with rural bioeconomy paradigms, and feeding into ongoing policy reforms in the fire, land use and ecosystem services areas.

Project website: https://firesmartproject.wordpress.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/firesmartproj

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirESmart_proj

Team
Principal Investigator
Adrián Regos Sanz

Adrián Regos Sanz

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
ECOCHANGE
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Researchers
Ângela Cristina de Araújo Rodrigues Lomba

Ângela Cristina de Araújo Rodrigues Lomba

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Groups:
AGRODIV, ECOCHANGE
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Cláudia Maria Carvalho dos Santos

Cláudia Maria Carvalho dos Santos

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
ECOCHANGE
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Francisco Moreira

Francisco Moreira

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
AGRODIV
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Joana Raquel Silva Vicente

Joana Raquel Silva Vicente

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
ECOCHANGE
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João Francisco Gonçalves

João Francisco Gonçalves

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
ECOCHANGE
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João José Pradinho Honrado

João José Pradinho Honrado

Position: Assistant Professor
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External Collaborators
João Carlos Campos Rodrigues

João Carlos Campos Rodrigues

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
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Other members
Andrea Duane, Angelo Sil, João C. Azevedo, João A. Santos, Julia Touza, Lluís Brotons, María Chas-Amil, Núria Aquilué, Paulo M. Fernandes, Sara Rodrigues, Silvana Pais, Virgilio Hermoso
State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2019 (Duration: 2 years)
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO, CIMO-IPB, CITAB-UTAD, CTFC (Spain), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, University of York (UK)
Reference
PCIF/MOG/0083/2017
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