Living with Wildfires: What Science Can Tell Us

Discussion Paper 15

Yves Birot (ed.)
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The Discussion Paper is divided into four sections. The first one presents some statistical figures on wildfire and underlines the trends. The second section deals with two basic questions which should form the background of any rational strategy: why and how do woodlands burn? What is the resulting impact? Practices and strategies for acting on fire risk, including the economic and policy dimensions, are presented in the third section. In the fourth part, the emphasis is put on the challenges linked to increased and new wildfire risks related to climate change, and ways to cope with them.

"Science achievements are important as sources for innovation. However, there are equally important as sources of expertise in the policy making processes. In the context of increased fires risks related to climate and land use changes, the discussion paper paves the way for shifting from current policies mainly focused on fire exclusion towards more integrated fire policies, allowing to keep the risk at a reasonable level " said Yves Birot, the editor of the discussion paper.

The authors represent eminent European scientists, covering a broad range of expertise and scientific disciplines, with up to date scientific information.

Recommended citation:

Yves Birot (ed.). 2009. Living with Wildfires: What Science Can Tell Us. Discussion Paper 15.
European Forest Institute.

Number of pages: 82
ISBN 987-952-5453-29-4 (printed)
ISBN 978-952-5453-30-0 (online)

Also available in Spanish and Greek.