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Written by: Carmen Rodríguez, Judith Kirschner and Pooja Pandey
Unprecedented wildfire seasons over the past decades have disrupted the coupled human and natural system and are in part attributed to ill-suited policies. Mostly targeting fire exclusion and emergency suppression, policies are often reactive in responding to extreme wildfire events, misguided by conservationist or esthetic values visions of forests, and maintained to uphold an economic interest in firefighting or around timber resources. On the contrary, the role of fire for culture and ecology is hardly addressed with a balanced and integrated management approach.
In this workshop, participants will work with the national wildland fire strategies of Portugal and Canada, both of which are amongst the most progressive wildfire policies globally. Prof. Lukas Giessen (TU Dresden) will give a lecture on policy analysis, which will then be applied to analyze the two strategies. Results are presented in an interactive discussion with Dr Tiago Oliveira (AGIF Portugal) and Mike Norton (Canadian Forest Service), with a particular focus on the policy making process.
PyroLife Workshops cover future challenges and associated uncertainty of future integrated wildfire management: how to prepare for (un)known. They are interactive events using a flipped classroom concept, meaning that participants study theory (knowledge and comprehension) in advance so class time can focus on higher level skills (application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation) in discussions and exercises.
Preliminary reading in advance of the course: 4 hours
June 15th, 9-12 CEST: lecture on policy analysis, Prof. Lukas Giessen (TU Dresden)
June 15th, 14-18 CEST (or to be decided on individually): participants work in groups and conduct a policy analysis for the Canadian/Portuguese strategic documents
June 16th, 16-18:00 CEST – presentation and interactive discussion policy analysis results, Q&A with Mike Norton (Canadian Forest Service) and Tiago Oliveira (AGIF Portugal)
June 17th, 9-11 CEST: ways forward – participants discuss lessons learned and further potential course outcomes
June 17-24th: participants contribute 5 hours to the discussed course outcome (e.g., a position paper)
|Registration||Open until 8th of June|
|Course load||1 ECTS (about 28 h)|
|Participants||10-15 (PyroLife ESRs and external PhD candidates)|
|Outcome||Draft which might be considered for publication – possible contribution and co-authorship of course participants will be discussed|
The following table summarises all the speakers who will attend, their affiliation, and the topic they will present on.
|Prof. Lukas Giessen||TU Dresden||Policy analysis|
|Mike Norton||Canadian Forest Service||Policy analysis results|
|Dr. Tiago Oliveira||AGIF Portugal||Policy analysis results|
Dr. Peter Moore (FAO, PyroLife ITN) – Peter.Moore@fao.org
Carmen Rodríguez (PyroLife ITN) – Carmen.Rodriguez@efi.int
Pooja Pandey (PyroLife ITN) – email@example.com
Judith Kirschner (PyroLife ITN) – firstname.lastname@example.org