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Title: Deliverable D 7.3-1.1 (UPDATE) Assessment document on the main strengths and weaknesses of the legislation and spatial policy instruments concerning wildfire integrated management in the EU, in European member states and in North African countries
Subject: [FIRE PARADOX Deliverables, Fire Paradox Modules, Module 7 - Policies and practices assessment, WP7.3 - Territorial policies and practices: pros and cons related to fire propagation]
Description: The report has identified some common findings about the role that territorial policies should play concerning integrated wildland fire management at the national and European level:  Recent communications arising from the European Commission (EC) bring about elements that suggest the beginning of a new period with regard to natural disaster prevention and its management from the different policy perspectives with incidence in this issue. A new period characterized by the inclusion of the risk perspective in the current EU policies and by taking better advantage of existing measures and fundings within the frame of these policies. This should be pursued coordinating both objectives and instruments with a global objective based on a territorial approach: natural disaster prevention and mitigation.  A cross-sectoral approach provides the opportunity to do an in-depth study of the structural causes affecting wildland fires and it also gives the opportunity to get to know the possibilities for an intervention upon these.  It is necessary to assess the level of coincidence between the public policies’ objectives regarding wildland fires, that is, to what extent there are complementary or conflictive aims. Likewise, it is important to consider the potential negative impacts that might derive from these policies: spatial planning guidelines might under certain circumstances set the conditions for more devastating fires.  The adoption of a multilevel approach is needed when assessing the impact of public policies on wildland fire management: main guidelines stemming from the European Union, the regulatory framework coming form the state and sometimes the regional governments and finally, the implementation at the regional and local level.  Territorial policies should play a role in solving the wildfire problem, mainly in the prevention and propagation stages. Environmental and rural development policies are identified as those most directly involved in willand fire management (Forest and Civil Protection)  In spite of their possibilities, territorial policies lack effective implementation due to the subordinated character to forest and civil protection policies with regard to risk management.  A comprehensive spatial approach (vs generic approaches) for territorial policies is badly needed in order to achieve a more effective implementation in wildland fire management. Opportunities that derive from new spatial planning paradigms and EU tendencies (i.e.: new energetic priorities, forest value for rural development) should be considered in advance by risk managers.
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Creator: Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM-GIPSF)
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