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WFRM Key Projects

Green Deal Innovation Actions

Advanced wildfire management system

Wildfires are unplanned and usually rage uncontrolled. Managing these fires is also a societal and ecological challenge. The EU-funded DRYADS project will focus on the forests at risk of wildfire to develop new products and integrate them in a holistic Fire Management platform aimed at optimising and reusing the existing socio-technological resources. The project proposes the use of a real-time risk assessment tool that can receive multiple classification inputs and works with an innovative neutral network-powered risk factor indicator. DRYADS will use alkali-activated construction materials integrating post-wildfire wood ashes to create a model of fire-adapted communities and use advanced techniques empowered by AI and diverse toolsets for prevention and preparedness.

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Innovative technologies & socio-ecological-economic solutions for fire resilient territories in Europe

There is a need to develop novel approaches that shift emphasis to the root causes and impacts of extreme wildfire events. To that end, the EU-funded FIRE-RES project will promote the implementation of a more holistic fire management approach and support the transition towards more resilient landscapes and communities. By integrating research, technology, civil protection, policy, and governance spheres related to wildfires, the project will generate new knowledge about sustainable integrated fire management models. Moreover, it will deploy innovations at the technological, social, health, safety, administrative, ecological, and economic levels to define how future policies in this area may be achieved in the EU.

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Climate resilient forest management platform to prevent and suppress forest fire

With forest fires becoming more dangerous and frequent, the EU-funded SILVANUS project will offer a new solution to improve preparedness. The key project output is the release of a climate resilient forest management platform to prevent and limit the spread of forest fire. SILVANUS relies on environmental, technical, and social sciences experts to support regional and national authorities responsible for wildfire management. The project will develop intelligent fire ignition models using climate and weather data, as well as a stakeholder engagement program in forest regions to assess fire risk indicators. SILVANUS will also create a training methodology for firefighters, featuring VR and AR training toolkits to simulate real-world environments and life-saving scenarios.

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Precursor project

Improving wildfire management

FirEUrisk aims to create an evidence-based strategy to create resilience against wildfires. FirEUrisk is trying to harmonize and upgrade current European strategies by including the socio-economic circumstances that affect the occurrence of extreme wildfires as well as the biophysical conditions, such as vegetation and climate. This mix of perspectives allows a better understanding of how vulnerable communities are to wildfires and which are the best practices to adapt.

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WFRM Case Studies

*Several case studies are to be defined by the IAs

Wildfires Risk Management Phases

Phase A

Prevention and Preparedness

Phase A focuses on preventing wildfires and is about the actions that contribute to a state of readiness to adequately manage wildfire arrivals and their possible consequences. It begins with the perception of elements in the environment over time and space, followed by the interpretation and full understanding of their meaning, and ends with the forecast of their condition into the future.

Phase B

Detection and Response

Phase B is all about actions taken to manage a wildfire incident when they do occur. Focus is on saving lives and protecting community assets (buildings, roads, animals, crops, infrastructure). Anticipation and mitigation of high-impact events benefit in the IAs from research and innovation in space, aerial, ground, material and digital technologies, which are integrated altogether with environmental, climate and social disciplines and existing EU initiatives on monitoring and suppression of wildfires.

Phase C

Restoration and Adaptation

Phase C includes all efforts to restore conditions during and after a wildfire disaster. It is the coordinated process of supporting emergency-affected communities in reconstruction of physical infrastructure and restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical wellbeing. This Phase also supports the socio-ecological transition towards more resilient communities, in particular those most exposed to wildfire risk.

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