FoRES - Development of Forests RESilience to fires in a climate change scenario



  • ForestWISE - Associação para o Laboratório Colaborativo para a gestão integrada da floresta e do fogo
  • NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

EEA Grants: 335 511,91 €

Total Amount: 394 719,89 €

Grace Code: PT-ENVIRONMENT-0057


FoRES aims to strengthen climate change adaptation by promoting forest areas resilience, responsiveness and adaptation to expected future climate change by designing and testing alternative nature-based forest management strategies (pilot-projects) to determine those that maximize forest areas resilience to spatio-temporal propagation of forest fires, capacity for CO2 sequestration and soil moisture retention. This will be achieved by implementing an innovative, fully coupled atmosphere-land-vegetation-fire spread modelling framework (WRFSFIRE) at regional/local level. FoRES will also contribute to mitigate land degradation and desertification in burnt areas by investigating land degradation risk for future climate and land use scenarios, with special focus on fire severity, vegetation/soil resilience and post-fire erosion, including emergency stabilization measures.

Lombada Forest Intervention Area (LFIR), the study area, comprises 650 ha classified as dry/sub-humid and is part of the Integrated Landscape Management Areas (AIGP) network, a political framework conducted as part of the PRR (Resilience and Recovery Plan, Portugal), NUTS III Terras de Trás-os-Montes, RNAP (National Network of Protected Areas – Parque
Natural de Montesinho) and RN2000 (Natura 2000 Network - site Montesinho/Nogueira). In addition, LFIR is also prioritized in the DFCIF plan (National Forest Fires Defence Plan).
These combined strategic criteria make of LFIR a privileged territory for implementing FoRES.

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