International conference on forest fires: save the date!

14-15 October 2019, Madrid, Spain.

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Save the date for an exciting event this autumn. “Resilient landscapes to face catastrophic forest fires: global insights towards a new paradigm” is a two-day, high-level international workshop that will bring together stakeholders and experts to propose holistic approaches for fire resilient landscapes that better integrate socioeconomic aspects of fire prevention.

The event, to be held on 14-15 October 2019 in Madrid, is co-organised by the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), with support from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the School of Forest Engineers.

This international conference will analyse experiences and cases from five continents, identifying lessons learned and knowledge gaps, and discussing the way forward. Former President of Spain Felipe González and Former president of Finland Esko Aho will open the event with a dialogue about our current rural policies and forest management approaches and what is needed to move towards resilient landscapes.

Expert keynote speakers include David E. Calkin, from the Rocky Mountain Research Station in the United States, as well as Peter F. Moore from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, who will provide a global perspective for the growing threat, and urgent need for effective, landscape-level prevention of catastrophic fires.

A multifaceted series of presentations, panel discussions, and open debate aims to translate leading scientific research on the socioeconomic dimensions of wildfire prevention into potential actions, interpreted through participation from government entities, practitioners, and forest owners, resulting in in a clear path forward to co-construct fire resilient landscapes in the Mediterranean and beyond.

Further information on this event, speakers, and registration information will be posted on MedForest at the beginning of September.

More information on wildfires can be found on MedForest.