Forest ecosystems in southern Europe are being severely affected by forest fires and other impacts of climate change. In particular, the new climate regime has combined in many areas with the abandonment of rural areas and is causing a new generation of fires with unknown social and economic consequences. Along with Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy and the south of France are already living under this new reality.
Increasingly frequent and extensive severe climatic conditions (droughts, heat waves, high temperatures, etc.) are leading to large forest fires with catastrophic effects on the population, the economy and biodiversity.
Addressing this problem requires a broad view of land management, where conservation and forest management must go hand in hand to design landscapes with a lower risk of damage in the event of ignition. The forestry sector, or the so-called bioeconomy, must contribute to the adaptation of our forest ecosystems to the new global warming scenario while allowing greater resilience of forest ecosystems to changes and fixing population in rural areas, also a way to avoid rural exodus and greater territorial imbalance.
Part of the 'Megafires' sessions.