Investments on prevention fire with GIS Planning

Project information

Index: 1000C3
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location PORTUGAL CONTINENTE Batalha Centro (P)

Topic of the practice

GIS analyse and query to plan investments and intervention on forests and fire prevention

Good Practice Information

The planning of investments and intervention on forest and fire prevention (just like new forest roads and water thanks, preventive silviculture, cleaning forests, positioning vehicles to early detection) is executed with GIS analyse and querying. This analyse use thematic maps, just like, risk maps, land use and models fuel, past burning areas, forest infrastructures, watch towers and its visualization, urban areas, vulnerable populations, etc.
It is required GIS Software and thematic maps. All the investments are planned on a Municipal Plan for the Protection of Forest Fire.
Cost: Not estimated; Time: Having all the thematic maps, the systems may be implemented on 2 months.

Evidence of success

In the last 7 years, Batalha Municipality was updating and creating all the geographic information needed for an effective analysis of the problems of forest fires on its territory. With this analyze, Municipality has plan new interventions and focus the investments where they were really needed. In the last years, Municipality has use these analyze to plan new infrastructures and has recovered 22km of forest roads, has built 2 water thanks and has cleaned 500ha of forest. This analyze has also improve the capacities and knowledge’s of the three Municipality technicians that work with this system and was used also to manage the Municipal Forest Team who works on municipal territory, doing preventive silviculture, forest cleaning and maintenance; this team has done 300ha of preventive silviculture, in the last 5 years. All this investments had reduced the burned area, which was less than 10ha in the last 5 years.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Viviane Ascenso

Batalha Municipality

Annex completed on: 04-02-2012

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