In this final report, we summarise our main findings, which refer to two substantial topics: landscape management and climate change. There are more and more parcels of land which have become abandoned, and regardless of the many reasons for its occurrence, the outcome is always the same. Vegetation is not managed due to an absence of people and no animals are in place to graze on the grass and shrubs. This vegetation grows every spring and every autumn provides potential fire propagation fuel waiting to be ignited.
Climate change is another global issue which is creating dangerous weather conditions with extremely high temperatures during the summer season and mild winters, which is leading to wildfire occurrences in some parts of Europe all year round. In our report, we will describe three case studies from Portugal, Greece and South Wales, all reaching the same conclusions: the absence of a land management strategy and extreme weather are the best conditions for life-threatening wildfires.