Conference - 21 april 2021 - online

The world has just concluded the warmest decade on record and extreme wildfires are raging in many regions. Europe is increasingly experiencing longer fire seasons. Climate change is affecting the length and intensity of fire danger and “fuel-rich” European rural landscapes represent ideal conditions for wildfires to spin out of control.

Forging fire resistant and fire resilient landscapes, by promoting local agro-forestry-pastoral chains that support forest fire prevention, is acknowledged as a key strategy for large fires risk reduction. In its two years of work, the PREVAIL project has produced a knowledge base to inform effective actions. The public expenditure on fire prevention has been investigated across EU Mediterranean Countries and paths to improve the future efficiency of public spending have been identified. Initiatives that are making fuel management economically sustainable across Europe have been brought to the fore, via fire-smart marketing of related products and services. We have conducted an in-depth analysis of very large fires occurred in southern Europe, to develop an understanding of the ease or difficulty of stopping a large fire in the various vegetation/land use types characterizing Mediterranean landscapes. Accordingly, we have developed an easy-to-apply methodology for planning fuel management activities on a landscape scale.

It is our expectation, therefore, that this conference will be instrumental in transferring key exploitable project results to a wider audience.

Conference Streaming

Live Conference Streaming on Prevail Youtube Channel


  • 09.00 – 09.15: Welcome and conference presentation
    Anna Barbati (Project coordinator, University of Tuscia)

  • 09.15 – 10.00: Project results overview

    Antonio Tomao (University of Tuscia)
    Funds invested in forest fire prevention in Mediterranean countries

    Gavriil Xanthopoulos (Hellenic Agricultural Organization – Institute of Mediterranean & Forest Ecosystems)
    Where and when large fires occur in southern Europe and where they stop and simulated influence of fuel treatments on firefighting demand

    Eduard Plana Bach & Marta Serra (Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia)
    Lessons learnt to enhance wildfire risk mitigation through agro-forestry and fuel management activities: framing best practices and smart solutions towards fire resilient landscapes

    Francisco Rego & Conceição Colaço (Centre for Applied Ecology Baeta Neves, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon)
    Socio-ecological decision support system (DSS) for effective fuel management

  • 10.00 – 11.15: DSS – Serious Game

    Francisco Rego & Conceição Colaço(Centre for Applied Ecology Baeta Neves, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon) 

    Smart solutions documentary trailer (University of Naples Federico II, Compagnia delle Foreste)

  • 11.15 – 11.45: Break

  • 11.45– 12.45: Round table: Bioeconomy and fire management in Southern Europe
    The EU is developing a sustainable, low-carbon, resource-efficient and competitive economy. A key model of this strategy is the circular bioeconomy, which aims to maintain the value of land, products, materials and resources for as long as possible through a cascade of sustainable use by design, reuse, remanufacture and recycling of materials. Bio-based economy, green economy, circular economy! How these models apply to integrated fire management? Which are the benefits of such economical approaches to fire impact mitigation in Europe? Are there successful examples implementing bio-based solutions to tackle the wildfire problem? We will address these and other questions with invited experts to define, clarify and exemplify the operational concretization of the bio-economy in contributing to fire resistant-resilient landscapes and societies.

    Davide Ascoli (University of Turin)

    Invited speakers:
    Ana Noriega (General secretary PEFC Spain)
    Inazio Martínez de Arano (Director of EFIMED )
    Davide Pettenella (University of Padova)

  • 12.45 – 13.00: Conclusions
    Evangelia Tsartsou (DG for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations)

    Scientific Committee
    Francesco Giannino, Mauro Moreno – University of Naples Federico II
    Davide Ascoli – University of Turin
    Anna Barbati, Antonio Tomao – University of Tuscia
    Conceição  Colaço, Catarina Sequeira, Vanda Acácio, Francisco Castro Rego  – Centre for Applied Ecology Baeta Neves, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon
    Gavriil Xanthopoulos – Hellenic Agricultural Organization – Institute of Mediterranean & Forest Ecosystems
    Eduard Plana, Marta Serra – Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia

    Downloadable program