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Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) is a European project focused on research and innovation actions. FORECO, one of the 26 partners in the project, is in charge of one of its most stimulating tasks: to collect the accumulated knowledge from research and turn it into...
Fire starts with a spark. Once ignited it can flourish, fed and spread by fuel and oxygen, the flames and smoke fanned great distances by the wind. In dry, fire-prone climates, in the midst of the climate crisis, in can seem unbounded. The threat of uncontrolled megafires...
In preparation for our upcoming conference, “Resilient landscapes to face catastrophic forest fires: global insights towards a new paradigm”, we have selected ten pieces of academic literature to highlight in a series of two articles. You can read the first article in the series here.
There is no shortage of literature on forest fires. A simple search in Scopus yields well over 29,000 results – and steadily rising. Not to mention the many thousands of news articles, opinion pieces, and blog posts that flood the internet, especially in a time facing increasingly frequent...
Uncontrolled, extreme forest fires can have a devastating impact on the ecosystems where they occur: one of the most visible of these consequences is the destruction of landscapes. Forest loss due to fire incidents is often lamented – as clearly seen in the case of recent fires...
Remote sensing technology allows us to obtain information from any spot on Earth without having to be physically there. Thanks to this science, we can gather empirical data to face the most pressing challenges that affect our planet – we can do so in an extraordinary way:...
Innovative contracts are providing extra income and social recognition for shepherds working to reduce forest fire risk. These indicator-based contracts, as well as policy commitments and trusting relationships, nourish the achievements of the Andalusian Network of Grazed Fuel Breaks in Spain. “Goats are our...
If we want to manage forests for maximum welfare outcomes, we need to boost the provision of bundled forest ecosystem services. But to get there, we first need to know where different ecosystem services are happening most, so we can set our priorities for where in space our forest conservation and...
Gardeners, ecosystem engineers and landscapers: fruit-eating birds are playing a fundamental role in protecting biodiversity and recovering vegetation in habitats affected by external disturbances, such as fires, storms, floods or strong winds. Bird-mediated restoration in the Mediterranean is based on the role of trees as perches for fruit-eating...
The key conclusions of the recent IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Global Assessment provoked urgent newspaper headlines: "nature's dangerous decline unprecedented"; "one million species at risk of extinction"; "human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life". This urgency is not...