Land Use • Megafires Push Cities and Businesses to Shift Their Strategies

Faced with the acceleration of deforestation, intensified by megafires, and the degradation of the world's forests, solutions combining the knowledge of indigenous peoples and scientific expertise are emerging to combat these fires, but reveal a lack of preventive measures and long-term anticipation.

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Aude Valade | CIRAD

Megafires Push Cities and Businesses to Shift Their Strategies

As forest deforestation and degradation worsen, all the more so as the degradation of tropical rainforests is causing emissions to rise, a new type of forest fire is emerging: megafires. This new phenomenon reveals inconsistencies and shortfalls in the way forest fires are managed.

  • In reply, budgets and means are allocated to fight these fires, but remain concentrated on short-term suppression, and often overlook the vital aspect of prevention, as well as the need to restore forests in order to reduce their vulnerability.
  • Private companies and associations sometimes supplement the means implemented by public authorities, through numerous initiatives, such as funding campaigns and logistical assistance.
  • At the same time, and with a view of limiting forests’ vulnerability to fire, governments, scientists and indigenous communities are working closely together to find more successful, controlled ways to restore forests.