Forest Fires in South Eastern Europe: Regional Report

Forest Fires in South Eastern Europe: Regional Report
September 2015 | Print | Book

The present report provides an overview of the state of play in the forestry sector in SEE in terms of the general framework for forest protection; identifies gaps and practices; and analyses the occurrence and management of forest fires as well as measures implemented by the relevant national authorities for their prevention and mitigation. The overall aim is to map the forest fire context in the individual countries and, from a regional perspective, to identify concrete regional priorities and actions to be taken by key stakeholders in order to close the gaps in laws, policy, implementation and enforcement.

The regional report is based predominantly on information obtained from experienced, nationally recognised forestry experts from the Regional Fire Monitoring Center (RFMC), based in the Macedonian capital, Skopje. The RFMC was contracted in 2014 to undertake national fact-finding studies using a questionnaire. The reports focused mainly on the forestry sector at national level; the organisation of forest management; forest fire prevention and control, including authorities and control mechanisms; the legal and policy regimes for regulating forestry activities; the main causes of forest fires; and the main prevention and mitigation activities. The individual country reports contained only very limited recommendations. Most of the recommendations presented in this regional report are made by the REC on the basis of the information received in the individual reports, but also in relation to the broader regional and international context.