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Prévenir les risques d’incendies de forêt dans un contexte de changement global

Abstract : Mediterranean and mountain forests have been subject to fires for thousands of years; fire is thus a risk for forests and for humans, but it is also a natural disturbance necessary to maintain certain forest ecosystems. Climate change associated with changes in landscapes, forest extension, urban development and infrastructures is leading to an increase in the area exposed to fires, a lengthening of the fire season and an increase in large fires or fires with extreme behaviour. Silvicultural and territorial strategies are essential to mitigate the effects of these developments in a long-term and sustainable way and to make forests more resilient and fire-resistant. This article presents and discusses different strategies for mitigating forest fires and their impacts that have been developed over the last decades in Europe. Adaptive forest management on a territorial scale is the best guarantee to reduce forest fires and their long-term impacts in the current context of climate and landscape changes.
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Thomas Curt, Eric Rigolot. Prévenir les risques d’incendies de forêt dans un contexte de changement global. Sciences Eaux & Territoires, INRAE, 2020, pp.50-55. ⟨10.14758/SET-REVUE.2020.3.10⟩. ⟨hal-02618452⟩



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