On International Forests Day, the participatory workshop of the FoRES project took place, aiming to contribute to a more fire-resistant forest.

The event provided an opportunity for researchers from the Center for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) at the University of Aveiro to present some of the initial theoretical forest planning scenarios proposed for a pilot area located in the Bragança district, specifically the Forest Intervention Zone of Baixa da Lombada. This zone is managed by the Association of Traditional and Environmental Agricultural Producers and is part of the Integrated Landscape Management Areas network.

The presentation of these scenarios served as the basis for a workshop, which involved a participatory exercise where various stakeholders, including landowners and other participants, had the opportunity to enrich the presented landscape management and transformation models with their proposals for the territory. These proposals were aligned with their objectives and visions for the area.

The information gathered will be incorporated into new forest management models for the Baixa da Lombada Integrated Landscape Management Area. These models will then be subjected to wildfire propagation modeling under future climate scenarios. The goal is to determine which management or landscape transformation strategies could result in reduced fire-affected areas.

The FoRES project – Development of Forest RESilience to Fire in a Climate Change Scenario – funded by the EEA Grants program, is coordinated by CESAM and involves partners such as the collaborative laboratory ForestWISE and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).

More information about this project can be found here.