Climate change and wildfire management

Pressing societal challenges such as climate change, social inequality and ecological degradation are interrelated and interdependent in complex ways. They require an integrated systems approach that views the social and economic nested within natural systems.

Wildfire Risk Management (WFRM) reflects these complexities. Building resilience requires wildfire mitigation practices, resource interests, fire prone landscapes, socio-economic opportunities, and societal responsibilities. Successful mitigation and adaptation to the wildfire risks of climate change must be paired with a just transition that ensures inclusivity, rights, and equality.

Supporting the Green Deal and a Just Transition

To help address the conflicts between sustainability, economic use of resources, and nature conservation in WFRM, the FireLogue project will work with EC Green Deal projects to create synergies and identify conflicts in the risk management strategies being articulated. These strategies will be transformed into a knowledge and brokering platform to disseminate the insights and technologies developed within these projects. The platform will also assess the potential for injustices between stakeholders. To do this, FireLogue will employ methods built upon collaborative governance that ensure the voices of all stakeholders are heard within just and inclusive processes.

Devising policy and practice recommendations

Building on the concept of Just Transition, different notions of justice (distributive, procedural and restorative justice) will form the basis for structuring the discussions within and across a series of working groups. Trilateral leads the work in evaluating the results of these discussions to develop recommendations for cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder WFRM. We will synthesise findings to co-develop integrated strategies to overcome conflicts.

Enabling Procedural Justice

Trilateral will pay particular attention to aspects of procedural justice. We will seek to understand WFRM inequalities and how these inequalities are spread across populations and geographies and ensure fairness by being inclusive in the WFRM decision-making process. From the results of these analyses, Trilateral will draft multi-stakeholder policy recommendations.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 101036534

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