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Wildfire management in Mediterranean-type regions: paradigm change needed

Francisco Moreira 1 Davide Ascoli 2 Hugh Safford 3 Mark A Adams 4 José M Moreno 5 José Mc Pereira 6 Filipe Xcatry 7 Juan Armesto 8 William Bond 9 Mauro E González 10, 11, 12, 13 Thomas Curt 14 Nikos Koutsias 15 Lachlan Mccaw Owen Price 16 Juli G Pausas 17 Eric Rigolot 18 Scott Stephens 19, 20 Cagatay Tavsanoglu 21 Vramon Vallejo 1 Brianwvan Wilgen 22, 23 Gavriil Xanthopoulos 24 Fernandez Paulo M 25
Abstract : During the last decades, climate and land use changes led to an increased prevalence ofmegafires in Mediterranean-type climate regions (MCRs).Here, we argue that current wildfire management policies in MCRsaredestinedtofail.Focusedonfire suppression, these policies largely ignore ongoing climatewarming and landscape-scale buildup of fuels.The result is a ‘firefighting trap’ that contributes to ongoing fuel accumulation precluding suppression under extremefire weather, and resulting in more severe and larger fires.Webelieve that a ‘business as usual’ approach to wildfire inMCRswill not solve the fire problem, and recommend that policy and expenditures be rebalanced between suppression and mitigation of the negative impacts offire.This requires a paradigm shift: policy effectiveness should not be primarilymeasured as a function of area burned (as it usually is), but rather as a function of avoided socio-ecological damage and loss.
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Francisco Moreira, Davide Ascoli, Hugh Safford, Mark A Adams, José M Moreno, et al.. Wildfire management in Mediterranean-type regions: paradigm change needed. Environmental Research Letters, IOP Publishing, 2020, 15, ⟨10.1088/1748-9326/ab541e⟩. ⟨hal-02869445⟩



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