What is the Pau Costa Foundation

“There is a need to establish a common platform in Europe, capitalizing on knowledge and experience gathered by specialists in fire ecology and management and sharing it with others at national and international level”.

Marc Castellnou, Chairman of the Pau Costa Foundation.

The Fire Ecology and Management Foundation Pau Costa Alcubierre (FPC) was born in January 2011, after a year of preparation, and with the ambition to be an information platform on forest fire management, as well as an instrument to divulge and investigate in fire ecology.

The history of institutions related to forest fires and the specialists in forest fires (research centres, extinction services, society in general, etc.) has evolved in the last years. Many of these people and institutions have come into contact this last decade, exchanging knowledge and experiences in conferences, congresses, master classes and training courses. These exchanges would converge many times in common needs: the need for agility in the communications among the forest fire community, the needs of exchanges among the different institutions and at different levels to improve the management of forest fires, and to capitalize on the accumulated experience. In order to cover these needs in the field of forest fires, experts from Spain and other countries recommended the creation of common platform, which has now become a reality: the Fire Ecology and Management Foundation Pau Costa Alcubierre.

Objectives of the FPC

The objectives are the research in the field of forest fire ecology, the creation of knowledge, tools and techniques for the management of forest fires, and the dissemination of this knowledge to the technical world through training and dissemination instruments.

International projection

Although the Foundation has been established in Catalonia, a land of recurring wild land fires, it wants to be projected to the entire country, and internationally as well. The Foundation has collaborators from different European countries, with a long history in forest fires, including Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. The scope of the Foundation has therefore an international perspective, aiming to reach also countries which have no access to this fire information and knowledge, including developing countries. This involves establishing links with various organizations, both governmental and private, to make the Foundation known and expand its influence.

Target groups

The objective of Pau Costa Foundation is to reach three major groups around the wildfire community: the social world, the operative world and the academic world. Linking these three worlds is part of the task and objective of the Pau Costa Foundation.

  • The social world

    Wildfires of the XXI century are no longer rural emergency anymore. They have become an emergency in contact with modern society. That is why a new culture of fire must be developed. We have to insist on natural environmental values and the interaction they have with the society of XXI century. It is therefore very important to conduct awareness campaigns to get to know the emergency and the solutions it requires. We must develop risk awareness programs and focus on policies to mitigate it and keep it away from citizens.

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  • The operative world.

    Fighting forest fires has become a success story most of the times, but also with some crushing defeats. The suppression paradox is today an impassable wall for many wildfire organizations that requires redirecting the concept of suppression towards a global emergency system to respond to big high intensity wildfires. It is necessary for organizations to be able to accumulate experience and share this information between them. Analysing and sharing learned lessons, understanding the past to act in the future.

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  • The academic world

    Research on forest fires in recent years has been very wide given great results that help us understand the effects of fire in our ecosystems. It is for these reasons that research should continue to generate results that allow us to understand the role of fire as an actor of the ecosystems and answer questions that the operative world and the society need to understand to live with fire as a nature element.

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