ISIG’s fruitful trip to Central Portugal took place last week as part of FirEUrisk, the project funded by the European Commission to research about wildfire risk prevention.
On Friday, at the Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro, I. P. we presented to local end-users two instruments developed by ISIG, the ReSVI (Relative Social Vulnerability Index) and the Citizens/Scientists Networks, both meant to involve local communities and their stakeholders throughout all the phases of assessment, prevention, response and recovery from wildfires.
The presentations were delivered in the framework of the PS3 Demonstration Event coordinated by Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Aerodinâmica Industrial (ADAI) and GMV.
On Saturday together with ADAI we visited the village of Aveleira, a small but strongly aware community, surrounded by massive forests which were hitten by the big fires of 2017. In a focus group with the local inhabitants and the Bombeiros we started to develop solutions to enhance the community resilience and involve other actors on different administrative levels.
It was an amazing opportunity for us, for our research and for FirEUrisk project!