Author: Leyre Deltell Sánchez (Course Participant and EVS Volunteer)
Young people from all over Europe came together virtually to learn about forest fires in different European regions. In addition to sharing basic communication aspects to transmit to society the key points of forest fire prevention
Last January, within the framework of the Erasmus + project, the course "Common Heritage: Forests" organized by the European Voluntary Service. Through a Open Opportunity, who sent the Pau Costa Foundation, and in which we were selected a dozen young Spaniards.
These conferences were held online, and had participants from four different countries (Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey). The main theme throughout the week that the course lasted was forest fires. In it, issues such as intervention before, during and after a fire, the education received by the general population, the risk of fires that we have or the response of ecosystems to fire were raised.
Specifically, the action and management protocols currently followed by each of the participating countries were shared. Likewise, other projects, aspects and tools were worked on that can serve the young participants in a future work and academic life.
The Pau Costa Foundation invited an expert on forest fires, Isabel Vazquez, which during the day informed the participants about the causes of forest fires in the Mediterranean region, placing emphasis on the causes of their spread. In particular, he spoke about the relationship between humans and fire, the ecology of fire, the fire triangle or the paradox of extinction, among other fundamental aspects of the world of forest fires.
Finally, thanks to this experience we had the opportunity to get to know the culture and traditions of the other three participating countries while practicing English. Despite being virtual, we establish a very good relationship with the other participants and we look forward to one day that the pandemic will allow us to meet in person.