• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Adrián Regos Sanz

Adrián Regos Sanz

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Research Team:
 
 
 
Francisco Moreira

Francisco Moreira

Principal Researcher

 
Joana Raquel Silva Vicente

Joana Raquel Silva Vicente

Post-Doc Researcher

 
 
João Francisco Gonçalves

João Francisco Gonçalves

Post-Doc Researcher

 
João José Pradinho Honrado

João José Pradinho Honrado

Assistant Professor

 
 
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:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2019 (Duration: 3 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
CIBIO-InBIO, CIMO-IPB, CITAB-UTAD, CTFC (Spain), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, University of York (UK)
 
Link:
 
Reference:
PCIF/MOG/0083/2017