Smith and Wooster leading FIREfficient consortium
Posted on 07/02/2014
Tom Smith and Martin Wooster are leading a consortium in a recently funded European Commission Civil Protection Financial Instrument for Preparedness and Prevention projects. The project, entitled “FIREfficient: Operational tools for improving efficiency in wildfire risk reduction in EU landscapes”, is a collaboration between King’s College London, the Pau Costa Foundation, European Forestry Institute Central Europe branch (EFICENT), and the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC).
The project (total EC funding of £378,000) aims to establish a sustainable knowledge and “lessons-learned” platform for use by stakeholders at a European level, dealing with innovative tools and practices for the integration of potential fire events into land-use planning, for improving the effectiveness of wildfire prevention, and the cost-effective reduction of fire impacts on civilians and properties. The King's part of the research, led by Tom Smith, involves the development of a set of procedures and tools for enhancing planning capabilities to mitigate large wildfire risk.
Tom's been in Barcelona yesterday and today for the kick-off meeting.