Collaborative work between the 3 Centers resulted in the development and first publication (ENG) of "Guidelines for Defense of Rural Populations, Settlements and other Assets Against Wildfires". This project will address the wildfire threats of rural settlements (villages, towns, scattered farmsteads) and other rural assets (agricultural fields / crops, infrastructures and other values at risk), which in some regions of Europe / Mediterranean are increasingly endangered by wildfires due to rural exodus, weakening of rural work force and self-protection ability, and increasing wildfire hazard on abandoned lands. Vice-versa, increasing industrialization and concentration of populations in some areas exert a high pressure on natural resources for land use change, which is reflected by the high frequency of arson and ‘unknown’-cause fires in the wildlands. The intermix of human settlements with natural ecosystems in many places create severe wildland / urban interface fire problems, which have become a major issue of political debate and confrontation. The Guidelines were designed to provide information to local inhabitants (incl. farmers, community leaders / mayors, local fire service units, volunteer fire-fighters and village defence committees) with state-of-the-art information on wildfire damage prevention measures, and defense of wildfires threatening settlements and rural assets. Furthermore, the guidelines provided information to the residents how to apply all fire safety regulations for their house (clearing vegetation, provide extra sources of water, use appropriate building materials, etc.) and to protect the communities against the adverse effects of vegetation fire smoke pollution on human health and security.
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