Mediterranean Region
A Region within the Global Wildland Fire Network

Institutions, Projects and other Wildland Fire Links

Thefollowing list of links to institutions working in wildland firein the Mediterranean Region are taken from the GFMC link section. Users of this web page are encouraged tosubmit new links to be added to this list. For other thematic fire-related links(e.g., remote sensing of vegetation fires, fire weather and climate forecasts,natural disasters, and global environmental monitoring: see GFMC link section at

France | Greece | Israel | Italy | Lebanon| Portugal | Spain ]



Association Régionale de Défense de la Forêt Contre les Incendies (DFCI)
In the Aquitaine, there is one of the biggest forests in Europe, wooded with pinasters, on an interrupted surface area of almost 1 million ha, also called “Forêt des Landes de Gascogne – the Landes de Gascogne Forest”. The website provides basic information on forest fires in that region (in French).


Centre d’Essais et des Recherches de l’Entente (CEREN)
The website provides an overview on the research work on flammability, protection equipment, impacts of forest fires, and rehabilitation after fire (in French).


CEMAGREF Centre des Documentation Foret Méditerranéenne et Incendie (DFCI)
In the section Mediterranean Forest and Fire the DFCI provides the electronic version of its fire bulletin and prvodes access to a photographic guide and database <in French>.


The EFAISTOS project, financed by the European Union, constitutes the first part of the European behaviour model for forest fire, taking into account the lower layers of the forest fuels.


FireTorch is a  project financed by the European Union in which the currently available knowledge on the use of prescribed burning in the Mediterranean countries is collected and evaluated. The website provides information on the objectives and the progress of the project. From this website a database can be downloaded which contains the experience gained by prescribed burning so far. The information is provided in English and French.


Mediaforest – Landes Fire Department
This website describes a scientific and operational approach to forest fire. A detailed documentation on fire experiments can be found at:


Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries (Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche)
The Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries of France is in charge of forest fire protection. The website provides the last annual report. 



Promethee Database
The Promethee database on forest fires was created in 1973 and contains standardized fire statistical information of 15 provinces (départements) of the Southeast of France beginning in the 1970’s <in French>.





PROMETHEUS is a Management Information System dedicated to forest fire protection. The project is realised in the frame of ENVIRONMENT and CLIMATE R&D Program of the European Union and was implemented by a Consortium of seven European research organisations co-ordinated by ALGOSYSTEMS s.A.





Jewish National Fund (JNF) KKL
The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in Israel provides information on forest fires in Israel, including a fire location map of October 1998.





This web site of the ESA/ESRIN offers the Fire Atlas, a product of the ATSR and AVHRR sensors. Fire events as recorded by the thermal sensors are provided for Africa, South America and South East Asia for the period 1992-1994. Active fire data from Indonesia of 1997 are additionally provided in this very well-done atlas.


Earth Watching
The Earth Watching home page provides new satellite imagery related to disasters like flooding, volcanoes and fires. It gives a good overview of current events. From this web site the FIRE and the IGBP-DIS products can be accessed, along with an extensive list of publications and a bibliography


Global Environment Monitoring Unit
The GEM Unit (former Global Vegetation Monitoring Unit ) is among Europe’s main players in advancing Earth observation technologies and methodologies, using remote sensing for the assessment of terrestrial and marine ecosystem condition and to monitor anthropogenic actions – such as deforestation and determine their impact on the global environment.
One of the three thematic groups within GEM is TEM – Terrestrial ecosystem monitoring in EU development-assistance priority regions. TEM  provides a long-term picture of the conditions in ecosystems identified according to the priorities of EU aid, development and international environmental policies, including disturbance by fire:  


IGBP-DIS Global Fire Product
The IGBP-DIS Global Fire Product Home Page is a response to a requirement from Global Change scientists for better information on the occurrence and impacts of fire on the Earth’s surface.It  provides a global picture of vegetation fire derived from daily satellite observations (IGBP-DIS 1km AVHRR Product) over the period from April 1992 to December 1993.




Association for Forest Development and Conservation (AFDC)
One of the main concerns of AFDC is to develop a working mechanism to prevent and fight forest fires on the national level involving the local community as the major stakeholder. Accordingly, and through its different Units, AFDC is creating a team of volunteers from local community members who are competent and well-trained to combat forest fires in the most important conservation areas. Direct link to the website of the Forest Fire Fighting Programme:




Associação para a Promoção da Qualidade de Vida do Meio Rural
This website of the “Association for the Promotion of Quality of Life in the Rual Space” provides comprehensive information on “Prevention, Safety and Combat of Forest Fires” (in Portuguese)


Direcção Regional de Agricultura de Trás-Os-Montes
The Regional Directorate of Agriculture of Trás-Os-Montes provides safety guidelines for conducting prescribed burning (in Portuguese)


Fire Information System of the Centro Nacional de Informação Geográfica (Portuguese) (English)
This comprehensive website covers a large fire information system for Portugal. It provides the Forest Fire Risk Cartography (CRIF = Cartografia de Risco de Incendio Florestal) which was created in 1994 under an agreement of the Ministries of Interior Administration, Land Administration and Planning, Agricultural and Environment and Natural Resources. CRIF aims to provide a cartography based in land zones with forest fire risk. In mid 1998 the CRIF Group developed a WWW server in order to show group activity and to put on-line forest fires information. During 1998 a new protocol was signed with Civil Protection National Service, to produce software to manage emergency situations. The website provides information with maps on:

  • Water resources
  • Fire brigades
  • Lookout (fire watch) towers
  • Air fields
  • Facilitation in identification of locations, including GPS


Instituto de Meteorologia (IM): Meorological Support to Forest Fire Prevention
The collaboration with the operational entities, in real time (normally from June to September), includes the following daily general information:
meteorological observations from the national station network; weather charts; national and regional weather forecast bulletins; satellite imagery; wind field forecast for 24 hours with 3 hours intervals. As specific information, the IM computes and delivers: forest fire danger index computed for about 60 meteorological stations; charts with forest fire risk classes by regions; charts with the forecast of forest fire danger indices tendency; weather bulletin for 48 hours forecast, specific for fire prevention.


Ministry of Agriculture, General Directorate for Forest Protection
A special forest fire website is available in the homepage (in Portuguese):
This website provides weekly updates of the fire situation during the current fire season (by district, region, comparison with earlier years, large fires):
Fire statistics 1980-1999 and Forest fire map 1980-1999


Núcleo de Investigação Científica de Incêndios Florestais
The website of the “Nucleus for the Scientific Investigation of Forest Fires” at the University of Coimbra provides information on forest fire research projects (in Portuguese).





European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)
Special Interest Group on Forest Fires (FF-SIG)
The University of Alcalá (Spain) hosts the web site of the EARSEL Special Interest Group on Forest Fires. The intention of the web site is to foster communication among members, by maintaining a web site where project results and papers can be disseminated, and personal links between researchers and student mobility be promoted.


Incendios Forestales – Forest Fires

This comprehensive website on forest fires in Spain is a joint effort by the Colegio de Ingenieros de Montes and the Ministry for Environment. The website offers comprehensive information on all areas concerned with forest fires (fire prevention, suppression, technical equipment used in Spain, practical advice, fire meteorology, risk maps, legislation). Comprehensive fire statistical databases cover the period starting1961. Most detailed statistical data are available starting 1991. The link section provides international links explained in Spanish. This link section is largely identical with the GFMC link section; thus Spanish speaking readers are encouraged to search at:

  MEGAFiReS Project
The general goal of this project was to establish an integrated framework to analyse satellite remote sensing images for operational management of large wildland fires in Mediterranean countries. The project tried to improve cartographic and statistical information which is critical to the three phases of fire management: pre-fire planning (fire risk), fire suppression (detection and fighting) and post-fire evaluation (fire effects). All these aspects were considered with a global Mediterranean perspective.


Laboratorio de Teledetección
The laboratory has developed a forest fire risk index. Examples of 1999 for Spain and its neighbour countries are available at






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