Lisbon hosts the closure of the REMAS project against climate change

The Instituto Superior de Agronomia hosts the meeting to discuss the conclusions on the sudden greenhouse gas emissions risk in areas subject to forest fires

Lisbon will host the final event of the Interreg Sudoe REMAS project on 14 December. At this conference, which brings together researchers from universities, organisations and administrations committed to the fight against climate change, the conclusions reached from the work performed in the study areas of Portugal, Spain and France will be presented, analysed and debated. These lands have been devastated by forest fires and have served as a laboratory to observe the evolution of carbon in the European project. 

The Interreg Sudoe REMAS project thus brings to a close the work implemented over three years by the project team, proposing a manual of best practice for the mitigation of the greenhouse gas emissions risk from forest fires, a cartographic viewer of the emissions risk and an action protocol for the reduction of the emissions risk, which is intended to help European public, national, regional and local administrations with responsibilities in this area to make decisions on risk mitigation. It also proposes post-fire recovery measures to minimise risk and accelerate the recovery of carbon stocks. 

For the first time, the project has developed a territorial emissions risk model that identifies the critical areas of greatest risk in order to focus prevention and management efforts. Moreover, the project promotes the inclusion of the GHG emissions risk management from forest fires in strategic planning in the SUDOE regions, so that these risk reduction efforts are included among the commitments taken to mitigate climate change. 

The programme starts at 8:45 am on 14 December and is divided into two sessions. In the first, the project and its results will be presented. The second focuses on the challenges and opportunities for the future: how to include the GHG emissions risk from forest fires in planning and legislation. 

The Instituto Superior de Agronomia is hosting the conference, which will conclude the same morning with a summary and conclusions of the presentations. The sessions can be followed both in person and online. 

Information of the final communication event