Title: Forest Fires in Europe 2009
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC60023
ISBN: 978-92-79-16494-1
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24502 EN
URI: http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reports
DOI: 10.2788/74089
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: When huge parts of nature are burning as a result of a combination of weather conditions, fuel accumulation, and human intervention and this becomes a recurrent issue, we should find ways together to counteract. This is particularly true as regards protected forest areas for which so many efforts have been undertaken by the Member States with EU support, especially for protecting biodiversity-rich land. The present report is the tenth of the series and is based on the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) which delivers, inter alia, all the data needed to forecast forest fire danger in Europe, to assess the damages caused by forest fires and to analyze their causes. The development of EFFIS has been supported by the Commissioners in charge of Environment and Research through the close collaboration of the Directorate General Environment and the Joint Research Centre. EFFIS has become a vehicle to further support the ¿forest fire community¿ in the Member States. The system is an example of how Member States and the Commission can work together on a purely voluntary basis and we would like to thank the competent national authorities for their active contribution. The year 2009 is subject of the present report. 2009 has been a rather unspectacular year as regards forest fire damages in Europe. Despite this, and recognizing the relevance of the forest fire issue, during that period several Commission services were again involved in promoting EU actions aiming at mitigating damages caused by forest fires to human beings and the environment. New initiatives have been taken focusing on an enhanced forest fire prevention and on adapting our forests to challenges resulting from climate change. In these fields, the European Council issued two Council conclusions on ¿forest fires prevention¿ and ¿preparing our forest to climate change¿ during the first semester of 2010, the Commission adopted the ¿Green Paper on forest protection and information¿ and the Parliament took initiatives in the field of forest fire prevention. The Commission recognizes and appreciates the active involvement of the Member States and hope that further common ground can be found to safeguard European forests which are an essential element of our cultural heritage. The Commission services working in the field of forest fires count on the support of all Member States, including those for which forest fires are not yet a priority. The collaboration of all involved services in the EU and the Member States will help in finding ways and efficient solutions to avoid burning land with all its negative consequences on our environment.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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