FIRE-RES solutions will be applied in three fire-prone areas across Greece: Kassandra Peninsula (Chalkidiki) – Lesvos Island (Aegean Sea) – Peloponnese (Region).
These areas are characterized by wildland-urban interface (WUI), recreation and active resource management in state- and privately-owned forests interspersed with agricultural lands of ever-growing fire risks.
Repeated catastrophic wildfire events in association with the physical and human geography of the Greek landscape resulted in an intensified deforestation trend over the last 50 years.
FIRE MANAGEMENT IN GREECE
Fire management is currently being coordinated by the upgraded General Secretariat for Civil Protection in Athens.
Fuel management efforts in natural areas is done by the Forest Service, while fuel reduction in and around settlements is the responsibility of Local Government.
Fire suppression is mainly carried out by the Fire Brigade, in cooperation with the Air Force, Army and volunteer firefighters.
- Socioeconomic conditions: rural/urban interface, urban sprawl, land abandonment, population size/ density, resource-values
- Environmental factors: climate change, unmanaged forest areas, mountainous topography, geographical distribution
- Special conditions regarding forest fire management on islands and the main land
- IA 2.1 Improving data acquisition for landscape design based on novel remote sensing methods
- IA 2.4 Optimizing landscape configuration and fire management policies to minimize expected losses from extreme wildfire events (EWE)
- IA 2.7 Landscape design strategies, using tactical planning methods
- IA 2.8 Trade-off ecosystem services (ES) assessment of fire-resilient landscape design
A set of factsheets was produced by forestWISE to interactively complement the information available on the Living Lab.