The Montclima project is developing a transnational strategic framework for prevention and management of natural hazards in mountainous areas of the SUDOE territory (South-Western Europe). The European interregional project aims to increase the resilience of territories against natural risks (flooding, fires, drought, etc.).
Mountain areas are among the territories most affected by natural hazards and these risks are expected to increase due to the effects of climate change (more severe droughts, higher average temperatures, and changes in the rainfall patterns). In addition, the SUDOE area is one of the regions of the world that is suffering most from the effects of climate change and will also do so in the future (IPCC, 2014).
On April 22 in Leira (Portugal), the actors of the Montclima project organised a transnational seminar on the “strategy of management and prevention of forest fires in the SUDOE space”. This event was held on the occasion of World Earth Day, celebrated throughout the world and promoting the preservation of ecosystems.
During the seminar, numerous external speakers and Montclima partners shared the latest data collected on forest fires, and discussed about management best practices to increase the resilience of South-Western Europe against the risk of forest fires.