El proyecto “Acércate a los incendios forestales” ya es una realidad

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La Pau Costa Foundation finaliza el proyecto “Acércate a los incendios forestales” gracias a la colaboración de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología – Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades y la Obra Social La Caixa

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“Acércate a los incendios forestales” es un conjunto de tres acciones distintas que tiene como finalidad educar y sensibilizar a la sociedad en materia de incendios forestales. Este proyecto viene motivado por el gran desconocimiento que, todavía la sociedad en general tiene entorno a los incendios forestales. Asimismo, a través de estas acciones hemos querido transmitir los resultados científicos a partir de distintas disciplinas como la ecología, la física o la modelización del fuego.

En todo momento, hemos querido incluir en el proyecto a toda la sociedad, desde los más pequeños hasta los más mayores. Por tanto, cada una de las tres acciones va dirigida a cierto tipo de público e incluso traspasa las fronteras lingüísticas y culturales como es el caso de la exposición de arte.

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Las acciones que ya están listas para que puedas disfrutar aprendiendo sobre los incendios forestales son las siguientes:

1.- Dibujos animados para niños y niñas de 3 a 12 años, disponibles en castellano e inglés, y en lengua de signos española y sistema internacional: Descubriendo el fuego con MeFiTu y Jara

2.- Exposición virtual de incendios forestales: Fuego vs. Fuego

3.- Guía Docente de educación ambiental entorno a los incendios forestales dirigido a docentes, padres y madres para educar a niños, niñas y jóvenes: Versión en castellano y versión en inglés 

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También nos complace destacar que con esta serie de acciones enmarcadas en el proyecto “Acércate a los incendios forestales”, contribuimos a cumplir con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, identificados por las Naciones Unidas.

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En concreto, con estas 3 acciones presentadas contribuimos en los siguientes ODS:

4; Educación de calidad
12; Producción y consumo responsable 
13; Acción por el clima 
15; Vida de ecosistemas terrestres 

Esperamos que disfrutes muchísimo con “Acércate a los incendios forestales” y que sobre todo aprendas todos los secretos del fuego que aún quedan por descubrir. Además, te recordamos que si quieres llevar este proyecto a tu escuela, no dudes en contactarnos a info@paucostafoundation.org.

¡Estaremos muy contentos de poder contribuir a la educación y sensibilización de tus niños, niñas y jóvenes!

Este proyecto ha sido posible gracias a la colaboración de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología y la Obra Social “La Caixa”

 

7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress

An event at the end of a 2017 that makes us look into the future of wildfires!

Last November 2017 Pau Costa Foundation took part of the 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress organised by the Association for Fire Ecology, this edition with the topic of ‘Fire Vision 20/20: A 20-year reflection and look into the future’. The conference was a great opportunity for sharing knowledge on fire ecology and wildfire management with over 500 participants and companies.

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The event in Florida was a meeting point for scientists and practitioners mostly from the North America, but also from Europe, South America and Asia. Florida, which is a 170,304 km2 state managing 10% of the lands with prescribed fire, was a great hosting location for such a conference. Fire experts were there to demonstrate the large experience on ecosystem management done by some communities, the scientific advances and the impacts and benefits of prescribed fires.

Several talks and workshops reviewed the intense 2017 wildfire season that strongly affected North America, and also further regions around the world. Overwhelming of firefighting is now a fact, everywhere. Wildfires are getting more complex as they affect wildland and also WUIs, the later often with difficult access and surrounded by wild forests, giving no opportunities for emergency services. With 2017 wildfire alarming season as a precedent, wildfires become social-driven natural disasters. A challenge requiring more communication and social science.

‘Everything Was Incinerated’: Scenes From One Community Wrecked by the Santa Rosa Fire. Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/santa-rosa-california-fire.html
‘Everything Was Incinerated’: Scenes From One Community Wrecked by the Santa Rosa Fire. Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/santa-rosa-california-fire.html

Resilient landscapes are needed to face the current and future threats of more intense and complex wildfires, worsen by the climate change and the increasing lack of landscape management. Among other management techniques, one way to contribute getting this resilience is through a more extensive use of fire as an ecosystem management tool, which at the same time could benefit biodiversity. Always based on scientific evidence.

The culture of fire has been lost for decades, and now we need to bring it back. There seems to be a consensus between the community of practitioners and scientists on that matter. Yet, more efforts are required to make sure both communities, scientific and practitioner, understand each other and work together on applied science, reach society and influence legislation. These challenges and opportunities are a reality applicable to all of us, regardless of the geographic location.

Marc Castellnou (Chief of the Forest Fire Division of the Catalan Fire and Rescue Service of Catalonia and also President of the Pau Costa Foundation) demonstrated the experience of his team using fire ecology as a tool for fire suppression in Europe and other fires fought elsewhere. Overwhelming of suppression agencies by wildfires requires thinking out of the box. Firefighting agencies need to build more trust and credibility, based on science and experience, to convince the society about the ecological use of fire as an ecosystem management tool that will help avoiding catastrophic situations. Society needs to understand the risk they are exposed to and trust the experts who are facing real wildfire situations. This way, potential loses of assets and structures can be understood (link to video below).

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Resources:

Photos of the event from Joaquin Ramirez, including all posters presented: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMCBO2CqSjwKCllPAwCm2XBXjBuyPWE1rJDOJ9HcdTQCxiXtZisGmV20Utvkrfx_w?key=M3dJWm5kaGQ4QlR0NWE1ZDlQTFhfQUpLQW53MlBR

The videos of featured presentations are available in the AFE website: https://fireecology.org/2017-Videos

Marc Castellnou presentation on Using Fire Ecology in South American and European Landscapes : https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/6c425c2e9d00499fba3cc56e661eeb1c1d

 

PCF CLIPS, communication #WildlandFires and their surroundings

In the age of digital communication, we are all immersed in a constant flow of news, images and data that often pass so quickly that a reflection, that is often necessary, is not possible.

In this communication project of the Pau Costa Foundation on Wildland Fires and its surroundings, which we have given the name PCF CLIPS we try to communicate in a friendlier way by a fusion of image + music + text that we hope will reach the receivers in a calmer way that encourages reading and reflection.

The texts are by various authors, people who are recognized for their important contributions to the Forest Fire community and its environment, which through conferences, communications and interviews have made their knowledge available.

The drawings are from the fund, Art & Fire of the Pau Costa Foundation, also of various authors, remarkably Josep Serra Tarragón for his great contribution to the fund.

The music, which is royalty free, has been selected considering the objectives that are intended with this PCF CLIPS communication.

See all #PCF_Clips here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vz8x3gruS8&list=PLg9vWkdCUr2mqqYKHtRa4FeRFPCCRq5G7

We hope you enjoy it.

PCF Team