Forest and other vegetation fires are threatening the ecological heritage of the Alpine environment, which is highly vulnerable to fire. This vulnerability is increased by the consequences of regional climate change resulting in decreasing precipitation, increased temperature and weather extremes. The depopulation and overexploitation of the mountain region contributes to this development. The main objective of the sub-regional network is to reduce the extent and impacts of wildfires by building cooperative regional capacities in wildland fire research and management, notably through competency-based training and improvement of preparedness and ability to control wildfires.
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