This conference focuses on connecting fire ecology research and management across geographic and disciplinary boundaries. The conference will cover a wide range of topics to address the main challenges of wildfires in the era of climate change with the perspective of fire ecology.

The present challenges stress the need to enhance the debate on solutions, including the inefficiency of wildfire suppression at all cost, the use of more traditional landscape management for preservation of ecosystems under a changing climate, the benefits of prescribing fire to maintain long-term ecosystem services, and the need for establishing a wildfire risk culture.

We aim to provide a forum for managers, scientists, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to share and discuss the key wildland fire issues and topics below:

Main Topics

Subtopics include:
  • Debate between wildfire management and conservationism
  • The role of natural wildfires in ecosystems
  • Fire ecology in different ecosystems
  • Ecological changes driven by climate change
  • Controlled fire use for ecosystem services and conservation
  • Impacts of fire on wildlife and endangered species
  • Effects of fire on biodiversity
  • Restoration best practices and post fire management
  • Subtopics include:
  • Traditional ecological knowledge and fire use
  • Historical fire uses in different ecosystems (e.g., Mediterranean, peatland, boreal, alpine)
  • Traditional good practices applied in fire management by local communities
  • Fire experiences from fire prone countries: lessons learned
  • Subtopics include:
  • Prescribing fire (for fire ecology purposes) vs fire management (exclusively for land management)
  • Cost-benefits of fire ecology for landscape management
  • Subtopics include:
  • Review of the most recent extreme wildfires: causes and impacts
  • Fire threats around the world: Mediterranean, Terafires Central Europe, Atlantic and Nordic peat fires, Russia, Israel, Iran, Syria, North Africa, South America, Tropical fires, etc.
  • Impacts of climate change on new fire generations, fire ecology, fire regimes and affected areas
  • Novel technologies for landscape and wildfire management
  • Subtopics include:
  • Policies in different countries
  • Debate about fire exclusion polices vs fire management
  • WUI fires and planning policies
  • Subtopics include:
  • Analysis of WUI prevention and fire mitigation approaches
  • Environmental impacts of wildfires and smoke emissions (i.e., community health)
  • The role of gender in wildfires around Europe
  • Education, awareness and communication
  • Theme: Overlay by Kaira