Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means (Innovation Action)

Estat

Pendent de resolució

Àrea gestora

Oficina de Projectes Internacionals

Entitat convocant

No aplica

Programa

H2020 Climate, environment, resource efficiency and materials (SC5)

Àrea temàtica

No aplica

Tipus d'ajut

PJE_Projectes Europeus

Destinataris

  • Grups de Recerca (GRU)
  • Investigadors/es (INV)

Descripció

The Green Deal explicitly calls to ?reduce the incidence and extent of forest fires?. It also calls ?to boost the EU?s ability to predict and manage environmental disasters? as an immediate priority. Large-scale and more intense wildfires are becoming an increasing concern. Fire is a natural component in many ecosystems across Europe but more and more Europeans suffer directly and indirectly from wildfires. Between 2017 and 2020, fires have killed hundreds of persons and ravaged forests and Natura 2000 sites not only in Southern Europe, but increasingly also in Central, Eastern and Northern Europe.

In addition to the extraordinary socioeconomic impact in terms of loss of human lives of residents and first responders, health, infrastructures and economic activity, extreme wildfire events have also serious and sometimes irreversible ecological impacts when considering soil degradation, water scarcity and biodiversity loss.

Moreover, wildfires are among the first contributors to climate change, with up to 20% of total global greenhouse gas emissions per year. Furthermore, the large surfaces burnt cannot absorb so much CO2 any longer, reducing the climate change mitigation potential of carbon sinks. Extreme wildfires are now observed more frequently in higher altitudes and latitudes and further contribute to accelerating climate change by increased black carbon fall-out on ice/snow and by melting of underlying permafrost.

In addition, large wildfires degrade air quality through the direct emissions of toxic pollutants affecting first responders and local residents, while populations in regions far away from the wildfires can be exposed to other pollutants as the air is transported, with short- and long-term impact on human health.

Climate change, certain forestry practices, ecosystem degradation and rural depopulation increase the depth and breadth of wildfires in the EU. Climate change is predicted to increase fire risk, with longer fire seasons, more frequent fire events, new fire-prone regions and more severe fire behaviour. The burnt area in southern Europe during the 21st century would sharply increase. The number of people living near wildland and exposed to high-to-extreme fire danger levels for at least 10 days per year would grow by 15 million with 3°C warming, compared to now. Furthermore, global warming could result in a substantial shift northwards of European ecological domains, making the recovery or re-establishment of non-adapted ecosystems more difficult after a fire. Extreme wildfire events as in Southern Europe in 2017-2018 and in California, Brazil and Australia in 2019, are likely to become common throughout the whole of Europe.

Action primarily consisting of activities directly aiming at producing plans andarrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.

Bases de la convocatòria

Consultar bases

Web amb més informació

Consultar web

Data de publicació

18/09/2020

Data d'inici presentació de sol·licituds

22/09/2020

Termini intern (presentació sol·licituds UAB)

No aplica

Termini oficial (presentació sol·licituds organisme convocant)

27/01/2021

Data de resolució prevista

26/06/2021

Resolució

No aplica