The Pau Costa Foundation complies with 11 of the 17 SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations. A series of measures approved by 193 countries that aims to end poverty, protect the planet, ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity and establish alliances
This roadmap requires the collaboration of governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens alike to ensure that we leave a better planet to future generations. The Pau Costa Foundation is fully aware of the danger that the world is currently running, so it uses science along with other actors involved in forest fires to significantly reduce this threat by taking action since 2011.
PCF carries out these measures without forgetting for that reason the inequalities that still exist in gender issues or in the quality of environmental education, among other interrelated objectives.
Here are the 11 Sustainable Development Goals that the PCF meets:
MAIN SUSTAINABILITY DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
The PCF organizes environmental education workshops on forest fires in schools. For this, the MeFiTu project (the Mediterranean Forest, Fire and You) is implemented to prepare resilient societies to forest fires. Likewise, trainers are also trained in a quality environmental education specialized in forest fires. In addition, resources are prepared to facilitate the dissemination of forest fires (documentaries, animation series, books, stories, videos …)
The PCF has strengthened a quality education by developing training programs with other entities of social awareness and dissemination of self-protection measures to increase the culture of fire in the societies most exposed to forest fire risk.
For the Foundation, social education is crucial when it comes to making people understand the messages related to forest fires. Through this, the community of forest fires is empowered. However, the deficiencies among citizens and prevention and action mechanisms are still evident. In the Foundation’s Decalogue, the 10 lines of follow-up of the Foundation appear. See Point 7 of the Decalogue
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
There are still many gender differences within the emergency sector in the natural environment, that is why, through the Foundation, we work so that this situation is visualized and adopts a positive dynamic that promotes equality. We promote changes from different scales, from the Foundation’s own staff to emergency services. The PCF remains committed to working to improve diversity and reduce discrimination in the forest fire profession. The representation of women in leadership positions continues to increase, but we recognize that improvements are still needed. In fact, 80% of the staff of the Foundation are women with the same salary and working conditions as the remaining 20%.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
In the particular case of Fire Flocks, it promotes the products of proximity, giving it an added value when dealing with animals that graze in potentially incendiary areas. In addition, FireShepherds promotes a quality education among shepherds, in order that they themselves are the managers of the territory and thus have a broad knowledge about the relationship between their work as a shepherd and wildfires. FireShepherds promotes a quality education among shepherds.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
The PCF participates in projects financed through different European frameworks, such as: Horizon 2020, Erasmus +, Interreg SUDOE, among others, which help contribute to:
-A collaboration with prestigious entities
-Access to new technologies, inside information and new knowledge
-To expand the professional development of the entity’s staff
-To strengthen contact networks with the most competitive scientific and technological environment
-Improves the institutional image
-Important financing fund
-Opening new markets
And above all, it is aimed towards end users as they are involved in the process of designing the solutions and specifying requirements. These projects strongly encourage the industry that leads the development of tools and innovation in the field of technology. fires take into account the needs and opinion of end users in all phases of the design.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Climate Change is one of the main reasons because forest fires occur. In fact, precipitation and temperature are the main elements that influence the state of the vegetation, and therefore, the behavior of the fire. It should be noted that each activity that the PCF performs contributes to defining policies adapted to mitigate the negative effects of large fires. See Point 5 of the Decalogue
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
It promotes planning adapted to large IIFF to achieve resilient landscapes. Forests are home to more than 80% of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Managing the landscape with knowledge, fewer hectares of forest areas could be lost. Fire spreads by reading the landscape, and both evolve together. For this reason, effective prevention and protection of goods and people against the risk of fires must be planned at the landscape level, integrated into territorial and urban planning policies and instruments, just as flood risk is managed. See Point 2 of the Decalogue
SECONDARY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
In general, constant exposure to toxic smoke caused by a forest fire can cause health problems, especially in the lungs and in the eyes. The smoke affects everyone exposed to a forest fire as it can cause chronic heart and lung diseases, among others. The PCF collaborates with other organizations with the FUMS Project, a study that investigates the negative influence of smoke on firefighters and seeks to know the long-term effect of these and to propose actions to minimize this impact on the health of workers who struggle against forest fires.
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Gender equality is given and is included in the list of values of the Foundation. The common good and gender equality are promoted in the world of fires and emergencies. The PCF maintains its commitment to work to improve diversity and reduce discrimination in the professions related to forest fires The representation of women in positions of leadership has increased, but we recognize that considerable improvements are still needed: to increase the participation of people of different races, international and women’s members, as they are still not represented.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
We promote a model of sustainable rural life so that the forest is used as before and as a source of life and economic engine in rural areas to better manage forests. With the Ramats de Foc pilot project, the aim is to encourage grazing and the proximity product to prevent forest fires. To achieve this end, we look for a return to rural life and thus provoke a possible urban exodus. See Point 2 of the Decalogue
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Wildfires are very much related to the consumption of local products. Encouraging it means that rural areas are being used, in this case, through grazing, a necessary measure to be able to manage the landscape, thus preventing the fire from spreading. Also with other products that through their cultivation can mean natural firebreaks for the prevention of fires and limitation of the risk in urbanized areas. Additionally, the use of biomass, as a raw material, if we manage and burn this in a controlled way to supply ourselves with heat, we will prevent it from burning on a summer afternoon.
That is why the Foundation wants society to change its conception in relation to its consumption. Sustainable consumption and production will help to promote the efficient use of resources and energy, the construction of infrastructures that do not harm the environment, improve access to basic services and the creation of jobs that are environmentally friendly, fairly remunerated and with good labour conditions
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
PCF maintains alliances with different and prestigious local, national and international entities, which endow our values with strength and commitment. The PCF is firmly aligned with the goals of the ODS to address current challenges.