Online 2021 WG5 Meeting

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29 March Monday

Online 2021 WG5 Meeting

29 March 2021, 09:00 - 29 March 2021, 15:30

WG5 meeting
Wildfires: Risk analysis, awareness and education strategies

Digital Event
March 29, 2021, from 9:00 to 15:20 CET

Due to the restrictions with the current situation, the WG5 meeting  will be held online to allow collaborators to participate.

The meeting will be focused on the exchange of experiences on a European scale.
In the morning: risk analysis in different parts of Europe with a focus on new-fire-prone countries.
In the afternoon: risk awareness and education strategies.

9:00 A.M – 9:15 A.M. Welcome

Short Introduction by:

Artemi Cerda (Chair) and Stefan Doerr (Vice Chair) of the COST EU action COST Action “Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society” (FIRElinks)

Nuria Prat, Workgroup leader 5: Socio-economic aspects of fire and fire risk management


Explaining the programme:

Ingeborg Tiemessen (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Henk Alkemade (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) and Jesus Rodrigo Comino (Universität Trier) (organization)


9:15 A.M. – 9:25 A.M. Introduction participants

Breakout rooms:

Further introduction between participants in small groups (5-10 persons).

  • What is your link with wildfires?
  • What is your risk perception in your country concerning wildfires (low-medium-high)?


9:25 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. Wildfires and risk management in the Netherlands

Speaker: Jelmer Dam, National coordinator wildfire management.

Institute for physical safety/ Fire department

  • Wildfire risk in the Netherlands
  • Organization fire management in the Netherlands, Weaknesses and strengths
  • Implementing risk awareness


10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. What is necessary to control wildfires? Bringing stakeholders together.

Anne Reichgelt, senior advisor Probos, independent knowledge institute for sustainable forest management.

10:30 A.M. 11:00 A.M. Wildfires and risk management in Europe

Quick overview of the other participating countries.

Each country explains shortly (10 minutes):

  1. Overview wildfire risk
  2. Organization fire management
  3. Implementing risk awareness
  4. Reflections earlier presentations

Spain: Alvaro Escrig (Head of the Forest Brigades Service (Divalterra, Valencia Provincial Council) , 

Portugal: Fabio Silva (He works in Portugal in the Special Civil Protection Force, an organization integrated in the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority.

Denmark: Kim Lintrup (Chairman FireAID Denmark)

11:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Break (15 minutes)

11:15 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Most remarkable international lessons learned so far (Mentimeter). All participants

11:30 A.M. – 12:00 A.M: A Wildfire Risk Assessment Framework in the Netherlands

Max van Gerrevink, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

(VU University Amsterdam)

Research group: Marleen de Ruiter, Toon Haer, Charlotte Rappel and Max van Gerrevink.

12:00 P.M. – 12:15 P.M. Discussion: How this risk assessment framework can be used in raising awareness?

12:15 P.M. – 13:15 P.M. Lunch break

13:15 P.M. – 13:30 P.M. Introduction Educational strategies, afternoon programme

Ingeborg Tiemessen, geography teacher/teacher educator Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam

13:30 P.M. – 13:50 P.M. Introduction wildfire principles useful for implementing risk awareness and education strategies.

Helena Ballart, Pau Costa Foundation, Educational Programs.

13:50 P.M. – 14:20 P.M. Facing fire: Service-learning to improve training in wildfire management.

Although wildfire research and substantial technical advances have been made in recent years, quality training requires special strategies to face this complex problem. Introducing innovative approaches in training will contribute to overcoming the shortage of skilled workers and will boost employment in fire-prone regions with high unemployment rates.

Agustin Merino, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)

Students: David Otero (USC) and others.

14:20 P.M. – 14:30 P.M.: Questions/reactions

14:30 P.M. – 14:55 P.M. How to involve children by education

Briony Towers, Centre for Urban research, RMIT University & Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (virtual presentation).

Problem based learning for bushfire safety.

14:55 P.M. – 15:05 P.M.: The situation of wildfire education in Europe. Possibility to share initiatives.

15:05 P.M. – 15:20 P.M. Need for educational follow up? Subscribe.

15:20 P.M. Closure








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Date: March 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free
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