As part of PREVAIL project activities, an analysis of the financial resources invested in fire prevention, intended as direct forest measures (e.g. cleaning up of shrubs, firebreaks, silvicultural prevention interventions) and indirect measures aimed at the agricultural sector (e.g. reduction of fuel load by means of grazing), was carried out in the four participating Countries. The most important source of funding for such interventions is the Rural Development Program (RDP). PREVAIL has collected both quantitative data, including the amount of expenditure, and qualitative data in the four partner countries for the 2007-13 and 2014-20 programming periods.
The results of the analysis will be presented as part of the Workshop “Rural Development Program & wildfire prevention measures” which will be organized in Rome on October 18th, 2019. Experts involved in the RDP planning, funds’ allocation process and the evaluation of effectiveness of the RDP measures are invited to attend and to actively participate to the workshop.
The aim of the workshop is to collect useful information to make recommendations to improve efficiency of the provision of RDP funds for fire prevention in rural areas, both in the current and future RDP programs. To this aim the level of implementation of RDP measures relevant for the forest fires prevention and the main challenges (regulations, procedures, lack of information, etc.) in the planning-activation-implementation process of RDP measures in the Mediterranean countries will be discussed.