Portugal's National Plan for Integrated Wildland Fire Management

November 2020

by Agencia para a Gestao Integrada de fogos rurais


The 2017 wildland fires affected citizens and natural and built heritage, leaving in their wake a devastation never before seen in Portugal or any other western Europe or Mediterranean country. The discussions held after 2017 resulted in an agreement on the systemic weaknesses identified by the Independent Technical Committee (ITC1), some of which deep-rooted and known, such as the lack of prevention or failure to integrate knowledge with management operations. The scale of the tragedy and the resulting social clamour demanding that such a tragedy not be repeated required an ambitious approach, drawing on all available national capacities and the best international knowledge available to reduce the occurrence of rural fires and the resulting damage to acceptable levels from an environmental, social and economic perspective.