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3rd of July 2024 | 16:00-18:00 ΕEST / 15:00-17:00 CEST| Virtual event
Analyzing Current Trends in Integrated Wildfire Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure Dynamics. Predicting future challenges and opportunities for resilience

Wildfires, with their profound impact on fire-prone ecosystems and critical infrastructure, stand as a significant contemporary concern. Our forthcoming webinar convenes a distinguished panel of experts to scrutinize prevailing trends in wildfire management and critical infrastructure dynamics. Dr. Monica Cardarilli from the Advanced Science for Policy Researcher at European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, alongside Dr. Miltiadis Athanasiou, Associate Researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization DIMITRA, will elucidate strategies for enhancing cross-border risk assessment for critical infrastructures and tackling the intricate challenges posed by wildfires on infrastructures and vice versa. Dr. Emilia Gugliandolo Project Manager from Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A. will provide valuable insights into the EU-CIP project for Resilient Infrastructures...

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29th of May 2024 | 10:00 – 12:00 CEST | Virtual event

The webinar will feature presentations from four speakers, providing a broad vision of the role of nature-based solutions in wildfire risk management. The aim is to gain insights into the conflicts, but most importantly, the synergies between the two concepts. Adrián Regos from the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia will begin by connecting and framing fire-smartness as a part of integrated wildfire risk management within nature-based solutions. Following him, Kilian Heil from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions, and Water Management will address lessons learned around the topic of nature-based solutions applied to other hazards, particularly through the example of protective forests in Austria. Next, Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer from IIASA will discuss how insurance can enable nature-based solutions for wildfires. Concluding the presentations, will present a European vision on the topic.

The webinar will conclude with a panel discussion among the speakers and the opportunity for questions from the public. It will be moderated jointly by Juan Picos from the University of Vigo and a second moderator soon to be confirmed.

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25th of April 2024 | 10:00 – 12:00 CEST | Virtual event

The webinar will feature presentations from four speakers, providing a broad territorial and sectoral perspective on the topic and aiming to gain insights into how we can synergistically address wildfire risk reduction and nature conservation challenges. Sebastian Kirppu from Protect the Forest in Sweden will commence with a case example from Northern Europe, illustrating how wildfire risk management and nature conservation can be interconnected. Following him, Antonio López from the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge will delve into the topic of wildfires in Natura 2000 sites. Next, Roman Berčák from the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague will discuss the challenges of multi-risk forest management in the context of nature conservation and wildfires, using the case of the Saxonian and Czech fires of 2022. Concluding the presentations, Adrián Tišťan will offer a vision from DG Environment in the European Commission.

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6th of December 2023 | 14:30-15:30 CEST | Virtual event
IIASA Voices #11: Nature-based Solutions

IIASA Voices is a webinar series tackling urgent sustainability issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and other relevant topics. IIASA experts and participants explore the challenges and potential solutions in conversation with each other.

In this webinar, the focus lies on Nature-based Solutions (NBS), especially addressing the nature financing gap and the role insurance as a major financial institution can undertake.

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15th of June 2023 | 9:20-12:30 CEST | Virtual event
NATURANCE Webstival | LAB 2: Harnessing Insurance to promote Nature-based Solutions for Wildfire Risk Management

The NATURANCE Webstival dedicated to finance and insurance instruments and innovations aims to promote the adoption of Nature-based Solutions and restore nature. As a collaborative effort of the projects Firelogue and NATURANCE, Innovation Lab 2 explores the role of insurance in promoting nature-based solutions (NbS) for wildfire risk management (WFRM).

The on-site side event took place within the framework of the NATURANCE Finance Innovation Festival in Austria (22-24.05.2024).

  • TIME: 14:00-17:30
  • DATE: 22.05.2024
  • On-site

The focus was to explore how insurance regulation at the EU and national scale can support the adoption of nature-based solutions for wildfire risk – with expert endorsement of policy recommendations.

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1 December 2022 | 11:00 CEST | Virtual event
Nature-based wildfire risk management: What role for insurance?

This online session explores public and private insurance strategies that support nature-based solutions (NBS) for reducing the escalating risks of wildfires. NBS are cost-effective solutions that are inspired and supported by nature and simultaneously provide environmental and socio-economic benefits and boost resilience. A consensus is emerging that restoring the forest ecology through NBS, such as prioritising fire-resistant vegetation, enabling grazing by herbivores in areas facing land abandonment, prescribed burns, and restricted development in wildlands, can reduce the risk of extreme wildfires. This paradigm shift away from fire suppression towards a fire loss-prevention strategy is urgently needed, and risk financing strategies can untap potential for promoting NBS. Public and private insurers can support such measures, for example by providing protection in case of damages from livestock grazing or to those carrying out prescribed...

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