The England and Wales Wildfire Forum is a multi-agency stakeholder group of public, private and third-sector parties established to address wildfire issues.
Championed by The England and Wales Wildfire Forum, and organised by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Conference, entitled Manage the Fuel: Reduce the Risk, will be held at the prestigious Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on Wednesday November 20 and Thursday November 21, 2019.
It is already attracting much interest from wildfire professionals and researchers across the world and will encourage collaboration and sharing of skill and knowledge to make a positive impact on how wildfire incidences across the globe are tackled in the future.
Fifteen speakers will present at the two day event, covering twelve topics including expanding collaborations through the Pau Costa Foundation, the Interactive Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Risk Assessment Tool, the impact of wildfire on contaminated moorland catchment water quality, EIP/RDP approaches to fire management in Irish Uplands, Firewise UK – Dorset, management of risk - The Defence Training Estate, PERIL- a toolkit for the design of wildfire trigger buffers in WUI evacuations, working together in South Wales- enhancing the environment and reducing risk, supporting fire Incident Commanders to manage the fuel, fuel reduction through vegetation management in the Cheviot Hills, soil erosion after fire and the evolution of fire traits in plants, plant invasives and wildfire challenges.
The England and Wales Wildfire Forum indicates that the worldwide threat and impact of wildfires has increased significantly in recent years and climate change, socio- economic influences and diversification of land uses may have contributed to this. The Forum has stated it is therefore even more important for all agencies, public, private and voluntary, to engage in dialogue and share best practice to reduce the wildfire threat, through a considered and holistic land management strategy.
The Conference is set to be a unique opportunity to share a broad view of how effective and coordinated land management can have a positive impact on reducing the threat and consequences of wildfires.
Faculty (Prescott College) & Incident Commander/Fire Analyst (Grand Teton National Park)
Associated Professor. University of Lleida
Claire Belcher, Professor of Wildland Fire
Director of the University of Exeter wildFIRE Lab
Carlos Júlio Trindade
Municipal Coordinator of the Municipal Civil Protection Service and Director of the Municipal Heliport
Sarah Woodcock – Healthy Hillsides Partnership
Rory M. Hadden – Experimental investigation of the role of fuel load, structure and environmental conditions on low intensity prescribed fires
Ciaran Nugent – Locally led – European Innovation Partnership (EIP) and Rural Development Programme (RDP )approaches to fire management in Irish uplands
Nicholas Kettridge – The impact of wildfire on contaminated moorland catchment water quality
Nienke Brouwer – Wildfire management to prevent uncontrollable wildfires
Andrew Scott - The evolution of fire traits in plants, plant invasives and wildfire challenges
Henrik Lindberg – Why are there so few forest fires in Finland?
Slobodan Milanovic – Forest fire probability mapping in Serbia using logistic regression
Paul Attwell – Firewise UK – Dorset
Harry Mitchell and Guillermo Rein – PERIL: Toolkit for the design of wildfire trigger buffers in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) evacuations
Duncan Glen Fire at Will: Managing wildfire on military land
Shaun Walton – Supporting fire incident commanders to manage the fuel
Emma C. Underwood – Estimating the impacts of wildfire on ecosystem services in California
Bruce Hardy – Fuel reduction through vegetation management in the Cheviot Hills
Jonathon Bell and Dean Ferreira – An interactive wildland urban interface wildfire risk assessment tool
Nuria Prat – Expanding collaborations through the Pau Costa Foundation: From theory to practice
Sergio Prats – Effectiveness of community based initiatives for mitigation of land degradation after wildfires
Graham Sullivan and Andrew Coupar - Does managing fuel always reduce the risk?
Zachary Campbell-Lochrie – The role of fuel loading and structure on the physical phenomena that control the flame spread process
Oscar Kennedy Blundell – Pyrogenic carbon formation and degradation in UK peatland catchments
Anna Losiak – Burning trash for science: Using waste to monitor wildfire energies
Rosie Watts – The influence of people on wildfire occurrence in an area in South Wales with a high proportion of human ignitions
Janis Donis – Adaptation of Canadian forest fire danger rating system in Latvia
David Cross – Key statistics on wildfires in England
Sergio Prats – Effectiveness of community based initiatives for mitigation of land degradation after wildfire
Duncan Blake – Mapping wildfire occurrence, extent and severity in Scotland using remote sensing: Some recent advances
Ashleigh Parker - Wildfire research in the Brecon Beacons National Park: fuels, recovery rates and management implications.
The two-day Conference, hosted by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, is priced at £155 per person, to include 2 x lunch and a three course Conference meal on Wednesday evening plus refreshments.
For further details about any aspect of the England and Wales Wildfire Forum Conference 2019 and/or to book a place to attend, please contact the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service team by email on EWWF2019@southwales-fire.gov.uk or visit the conference website www.southwales-fire.gov.uk.
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