REMAS warns of the risk of not managing carbon sinks

Experts meet to analyse the CO2 risk emissions due to forest fires.

The follow-up meeting of the Interreg Sudoe REMAS-SOE3/P4/E0954 project “Greenhouse gas emissions risk management in forest fires” was held in Madrid on February 19 and 20. The project led by the Association of Forest Municipalities of the Comunitat Valenciana (AMUFOR) has prestigious partners such as the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV-ITACA), the University of Valencia (UV-CIDE), the Provincial council of Valencia (DIVAL), the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), the Municipality of Loulé (CML), the Higher Institute of Agronomy (ISA), Bordeaux Sciences Agro – National School of Agronomic Sciences of Bordeaux and associated partners.

REMAS has a budget of € 1.8 million and is funded by the Interreg Sudoe program through the ERDF funds. REMAS addresses the GHG emission risk to the atmosphere as a result of a forest fire.

REMAS, given the proliferation of forest fires in the Sudoe area, is working on an emission risk model that links the carbon contained in the aerial-root biomass and in soil. The quantification of carbon contained in the ecosystem allows to know its emission risk, as well as the critical areas of greatest risk in order to focus prevention, management, extinction and restoration efforts.

With three years of duration, REMAS will obtain quantitatively the emission risk of some of the most Sudoe representative ecosystems. The knowledge acquired will be transferred to the authorities and technicians through specific training that allows the scientific knowledge acquired in the project to be transferred to the reality of the Sudoe territory.