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Wildfire Management Plan for the Cuilcagh Mountain SAC and Cuilcagh-Anierin Uplands SAC

Public tender for the development of a Cuilcagh Mountain and Cuilcagh-Anierin Uplands Forest Fire Management Plan - CANN_UW2 CEO Ulster Wildlife

The Pau Costa Foundation develops a Forest Fire Management Plan at a landscape scale, commissioned by Ulster Wildlife Trust a partner in the CANN project , (Collaborative Action for the Natura Network).CANN is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes body (SEUPB). that receives support from the INTERREG VA program of the European Union, managed by the Special EU body (SEUPB)

The plan develops a tailored Forest Fire Management Plan to Cuilcagh Mountain SAC y Cuilcagh-Anierin Uplands SAC with the purpose of:

  • Definition of the current and future fire regime of the ZEC;
  • Understand the possible patterns of fire behavior (current and future) through fire simulations;
  • Definition of critical points and polygons of fire potential within the area;
  • Identify the values ​​of the stakeholders to protect in the landscape;
  • Propose strategic management areas and their prioritization;
  • Provide general recommendations to improve forest fire management in ZECs;
    Identify good practices that are currently applied for the management of forest fires at the international level, which can be adapted or implemented in the ZEC

The plan is based on the knowledge of forest fire experts and is presented as a toolkit for stakeholders in charge of managing the ZECs and their surroundings. With the support of the Plan, stakeholders can:

  • Identify the areas where management is encouraged;
  • Prioritize the order to implement management in the different areas;
  • Identify the type of management implemented to achieve the expected goals;

Implementation of the plan would lead to SACs better prepared against wildfires, firstly, creating opportunities for fire suppression during wildfire incidents, and secondly, it would reduce the present and future risk of large wildfires in SAC areas. . performed by a local entity; Earthy matters, a consulting firm that provides environmental services.

This creation of this transboundary plan also fulfills one of the key objectives of the CANN project, which is to act as a multi-jurisdictional network to exchange conservation knowledge and best environmental practices, strengthen transboundary cooperation, and ensure that borders do not represent an overwhelming barrier to conservation and biodiversity.