International Conference: COMMUNICATING RISKS IN Decision Support Systems: from basic research to advance decision support tools.

6th to 8th June, 2018 – Solsona & Barcelona (Catalonia)

Summary:

This international conference will focus on the presentation of models, methods and decision support systems that may be used by public administrators, forest owners and industry for forest management planning in a context of risk and uncertainty.

This conference is co-financed by the SuFoRun international R&D project and is organized by Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC, Spain) and IUFRO unit 4.04.07.

The conference wants to provide a meeting and discussion space on scientific and expert knowledge about risk and uncertainty and methods to include this knowledge in decision support tools. Risk and uncertainty includes topics as climate change, wildfires, storms, avalanches … The conference has the following specific objectives;

  • Understanding the impacts of climate change and different hazards in forestry
  • Presenting results of modeling risk and uncertainty
  • Underlying uncertain factors in forest decision-making process
  • Presenting tools for identifying, propagating and analysisng uncertanity in forestry
  • Understanding the implications of integrating risks in forestry
  • Presenting useful approaches to communicate risks and uncertainty with stakeholders
  • Presenting approaches and tools to deal with risk

The agenda includes sessions with key note speakers as well as presentations from other researchers. The conference starts in Solsona 6th of June (full day conference), followed by a fieldtrip on the 7th of June which will serve to analyze the case of wildfires in the region. After the fieldtrip participants will travel to Barcelona where will overnight and the 8th of June the last day of the conference will take place. An active participation of the invited attendants is expected.

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VIII International Conference on Forest Fire Research

10 to 16 November, 2018 – Coimbra (Portugal)

Summary:

The Conference aims to provide an up to date on the developments in forest fire science and technology and an opportunity to meet persons and institutions, to promote international cooperation in this research and management area.

The scope of this Conference follows its previous editions. There will be six major themes for you to present your work, each of them with several sub-topics, that you can find here on the website. The themes are related to Fire at the Wildland Urban Interface, Fire Risk Management, Decision Support Systems and Tools, Fire Management, Fuel Management and Socio Economic Issues. These themes are not restricted and we are open to other subjects that are proposed, as well

 

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EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION FORUM: CIVIL PROTECTION IN A CHANGING RISK LANDSCAPE

5 & 6 March 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)

Summary:

The European Civil Protection Forum is the largest recurring public event on European civil protection cooperation. It is organised every two years by the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO).

The event brings together the European civil protection community to take stock of common achievements in the disaster risk management field, share best practices and ideas, and discuss ways of addressing new challenges together.

The Forum is also an important tool for strengthening cooperation with international partners and the European Neighbourhood.

Registration is now open!!

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Workshop TERRA ENVISION

29th January to 1th February 2018 – Barcelona (SPAIN)

Summary:

This conference aims to focus on the scientific research towards finding solutions for the societal issues of our time. TERRAENVISION promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and networking. To bring scientists and stakeholders that have the same goal, work on the same societal issue, but have different scientific backgrounds. By bringing the people and their knowledge together, we may be able to take the steps towards solutions that can bring our society to a more sustainable situation. In this conference we want to link to International policies such as the sustainable Development Goals, the UN Climate conventions, CAP and COP.

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UK Wildfires Conference 2017 – Wildfire resilience in a UK context

Wildfire resilience in a UK context

7 and 8 of November 2017 – Dorset (UK)

 

Summary:

The overall theme of the conference is ‘Wildfire resilience in a UK context’. We will be investigating how to make UK homes, communities and the landscape more wildfire resilient in the future. Climate change predictions suggest that the UK will see more extreme wildfire weather; this conference hopes to make us better prepared should these predictions come true.

Planned Exchange of Experts (EoE Forest) and FRISK related activities

October 2017: EoE Forest between Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and Czech Republic. The conversion from mono-culture spruce forests to mixed, un-even aged forest with increased resilience was and is a topic that benefits from exchange of expertise. This EoE is the continuation of and builds on a number of bilateral visits between the participating countries and forest services. Tree species selection, the respective forest management concept, challenges and opportunities will be discussed on sites across the Czech Republic and across all forest ownership types.

Pyrenean Symposium on Snow and Avalanches – V snow and avalanches workshop

Pyrenean Symposium on Snow and Avalanches – V snow and avalanches workshop
Ordino, Andorra.
9th – 11th October 2017

Summary:

The Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia, Institute of Andorran Studies, Observatory for the Sustainability of Andorra, Meteorological Service of Catalonia and Aran General Council are delighted to announce the holding of a new edition of the Snow and Avalanches Workshop. This workshop will provide a meeting venue for both professionals and non-professionals interested in the study of snow and avalanches. The 2017 edition will be devoted to the following thematic blocks: – Weather forecasting – Snow and hydric resources – Climate change – Avalance forecasting – Avalanche mapping – Avalanche dynamics – Prevention and protection – Safety and mountain activities – Education

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Soil degradation Risk Workshop: Practical Guidance for Developing Plans to Manage Soil Degradation Risk in Forestry

PLASENCIA, Cáceres, Spain

28th June 2017

Summary:

Transnational training workshops aim to exchange know-how about forest risk management between partners and associated partners of the PLURIFOR project.

This soil degradation workshop for the development of plans to manage soil degradation risk intends to gather practical advice and examples to assist PLURIFOR partners in planning and writing the plan itself.

Experts will present real examples on how to proceed at every stage of the plan (prevention, early warning, management of the crisis and rehabilitation). This will provide PLURIFOR partners with the required step-by-step expertise to develop a soil degradation risk management plan.

Furthermore, these experts will be invited to engage with the PLURIFOR partners in the review process of the risk management plans that are produced, thus ensuring a feasible and sound end product, the main output of PLURIFOR.

If you are a forest policy maker, a forest service agent, a forest practitioner or a forest owners associations agent, you are welcome to attend this workshop in order to learn from practical cases covering all steps of a soil degradation risk management plan. You will also be able to exchange your concerns and expectations on soil degradations with experts and with PLURIFOR partners.

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