GFMC and the European Commission

GFMC has supported the European Commission by projects and advisory services, e.g.

The following URLs of the EC are frequently changing, thus may be obsolete:

European Forest Fire Information System – EFFIS
The European Commission DG Joint Research Centre provides the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which is aimed at providing relevant information for the protection of forests against fire in Europe addressing both pre-fire and post-fire conditions.

Monitoring of Vegetation Fires in Protected Areas of the ACP Countries
A tool for fire monitoring has been designed for people working in conservation and park management. The tool is a web client that provides historical and near-real-time information about fire activity derived from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) burned area and active fire products. The MODIS products are distributed by NASA FIRMS and the University of Maryland and cover more than a decade, from late 2000 to present. The user can select a protected area in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region and choose a period of time.

EC-funded Natural & Technological Hazards Research
The FP5 Generic activity “Fight against major Natural & Technological Hazards” (DG RTD/I.2) is aimed to develop methods and technologies (including EO & DSS) for environmental, social & economic impact and risk assessment, risk management and disaster preparedness; hazard forecasting & monitoring; prevention, evaluation & mitigation; risk perception, communication and awareness. A status report (extract) on research in the wildland fire arena is available in the following document:

Coordination of wildland fire science in the Mediterranean Region
A major networking activity in wildland fire science in the Mediterranean Region is provided by the EUFIRELAB. EUFIRELAB is based at the National Research Institute for Agronomy (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique – INRA), Avignon, France.

Wildland Fire: People, Environment and Biodiversity
The following documents include statements of the European Parliament and the European Commission concerning fire as a threat to the environment, people and biodiversity. In contrast to the disaster-focused assessments the EC-funded 4-year fire research programme “Fire Paradox” is addressing the beneficial role of fire for stabilizing ecosystems against undesired destruction by fire.



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