A conference seeks consensus in Valencian forest management to reduce social and environmental damage from fires

Fire in the Serra d’Espadà in the summer of 2016, which will burn about 1,

Fire in the Serra d’Espadà in the summer of 2016, which will burn about 1,500 hectares of forest soil.

The University of Valencia (UV) organises this Friday 28 and Saturday 29 at the Faculty of Geography and History a conference on how to act against forest fires and the impact of these on biodiversity and the territory. The sessions are convened at a time when consensus on forest management is necessary, due to the notable increase in forest area, which has been causing fires of unknown dimensions these last years.

These conferences intend to donate to combat the effect of forest fires on terrestrial ecosystems in general, and on the Valencian ones in particular. And to point out consensual solutions for a better management of forests and fires, due to the enormous social, natural and economic impact that they generate and the fact that they are getting worse, due to their greater frequency and intensity as a consequence of the effects of climate change and global warming", explained Artemi Cerdá, full professor of Physical Geography and director of the conference.

Immaculada Orozco, Regional Secretary for Territorial Policy, Urban Planning and Landscape; Joaquín Farinós, director of the Chair of Valencian Territorial Culture; Josep Montesinos, dean of the Faculty of Geography and History; and Artemi Cerdá, will inaugurate the Friday’s table at 9 a.m., at the Joan Fuster assembly hall.

Jorge Marquínez, Ferran Dalmau, José Manuel Moreno, Consuelo Alfonso and Saskia Keesstra are some of the speakers who will participate in the event on the 28 . Saturday 29 is the visit the forest area of the municipality of Torás, one of the areas affected by forest fires this past summer, for first-hand knowledge of the impact of the focus on the environment and the recovery of the soil.

This initiative is organised by the Ministry of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, the University of Valencia, the Research Group on Erosion and Degradation of Soil SEDER (of the UV), the Interuniversity Institute of Local Development and the Chair of Valencian Territory Culture.

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