The fight against forest fires: an inconvenient truth?

2012-08-30

Autor: Marc Palahí

ARTICLE ORIGINAL PUBLICAT A L'EFIMED, AGOST 2012

It is estimated that France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal spend a total of 2,500 million Euros annually in the fight against forest fires. Of this sum, more than 60% is allocated to cover costs related to suppressing fires, while only 40% is invested in targeted activities for prevention (much of which are also related to activities for extinguishing fires: creation of water points; firebreaks; etc.). Little is left for the management of forest combustibles (considering that forest covers around 30% in these countries) which would entail long-term, preventative measures addressing the root of the problem (the lack of management to reduce biomass quantity, due to low profitability). [+]

 

More information: Marc Palahí, name.surname(at)efi.int