Forest fires threaten human life and properties, endanger the biodiversity, increase the risk of desertification and impoverish the atmosphere quality as the emissions of carbon and greenhouse increase.

The incidence of forest fires is much greater in Southern European countries. These are more sensitive to global warming and are at a higher risk of desertification.

In the fight against forest fires, early detection and better communications between the fighting forces are critical. A fast and efficient intervention means a lower risk for human life, to reduce the burned forest area and a decrease of carbon and greenhouse gases emissions.

The Project

LifeTec is a coordinated project with participation of Universidad de Vigo, IPMA (Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera), Dirección Xeral de Calidade Ambiental e Cambio Climático (Meteogalicia), Amtega (Axencia para a Modernización Tecnolóxica) y Retegal.

  • Start: 01/09/2017 – End: 31/12/2021
  • Budget: 1.205.063 €
  • EU Contribution: 54.75%

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Is the area occupied by forests in the EU
The total area burned in 2016 by fires larger than 30 ha
Forest fires in Europe occur in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France
People who have died in the last 5 years in Portugal and Spain