Fire Ecology Across Boundaries: Connecting Science and Management
20-23 October 2020, Florence, Italy
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and Pau Costa Foundation (PCF) are partnering with Regione Toscana and University of Florence to host a conference in Florence, Italy for diverse stakeholders involved in wildfire management. Experts from Europe and around the world are invited to gather in Florence to share fire ecology science and expertise. This conference will be a meeting point for international wildfire and landscape managers, scientists, policy makers, communicators and other representatives from national, regional and local organizations.
The conference aims to increase the interaction of the wildfire community across boundaries to more effectively exchange knowledge and understanding about the contribution of fire ecology on fire management. Such coordination is needed to help providing solutions that balance ecological processes and wildfire risk reduction. This collaborative event will provide a space to understand and discuss the global wildfire situation and regional challenges, the uncertainties that need to be addressed, and also to share solutions on wildfire mitigation.
Decision makers and society need tools and leadership to understand and prepare for wildfire events and to build adaptive resilience. The present wildland fire challenges stress the need to enhance the debate on potential solutions: efficient alternatives to the wildfire suppression at all cost, the use of more traditional landscape management for adaptation of ecosystems under a changing climate, the benefits of prescribing fire to maintain long-term ecosystem services and finally the need to establish a wildfire risk culture through transdisciplinary science and enhance effective communication with society.