The main objective of this project is to develop an effective procedure for fire prevention in Viseu Dão Lafões (Portugal) and in Sierra de Gata, Las Hurdes and Sierra de San Pedro (Spain). It will carry out a series of pilot actions, based on a methodology successfully implemented elsewhere (in Andalusia and Catalonia). This methodology combines prescribed fires and grazing techniques to reduce forest fuel, converting fire-prone forests into more resilient areas.
The project will contribute to a range of EU policy and legislation, including: the forest strategy; roadmap to a resource efficient Europe; circular economy action plan; thematic strategy for soil protection; biodiversity strategy; and the Habitats and Birds directives.
Expected results include around 900 ha of grazed fire-breaks, reducing bare ground by 60%, leading to less soil erosion and compaction as well as a significant increase in soil organic carbon; and reduction of 120/ha in the maintenance costs for fire-breaks.